Unemployment for Blacks 13.2%; Latinos 9.0%; Whites 6.7%. What Obama Said Last Year.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April declined to 7.5%, the lowest in four years, according to last week’s employment situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Black unemployment rate, however, remains nearly twice the national average.

Image via New America Media

Image via New America Media

According to the UC Berkeley Labor Center:

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 13.2 percent last month.  This rate was virtually unchanged from March, when unemployment in the Black community was 13.3 percent.

For the nation as a whole, unemployment was 7.5 percent in the month of April; this was virtually unchanged from March when the national unemployment rate stood at 7.6 percent.

Among whites, unemployment was 6.7 percent; Among Latinos, unemployment was 9.0 percent.  Comparable March 2013 figures were 6.7 percent and 9.2 percent respectively.

Image via Black Enterprise.

Image via Black Enterprise.

Question posed to President Barack Obama by Black Enterprise magazine, for an interview published in August 2012, “How do you respond to criticism that your administration hasn’t done enough to support Black businesses?”

My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed. I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I’ll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African American businesses. (Read the full interview at BlackEnterprise.com)

Question for BBN readers, does a 13.2 percent unemployment rate for Blacks; 9.9 percent for Latinos; 6.7 percent for Whites sound like equity and fairness for all Americans, as President Obama said in August 2012?

Unemployment Outlook: New York State and New York City

Unemployment rate highlights in March 2013 (April data not yet available) via the New York State Department of Labor:

The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:

— Tompkins County (5.3%)

— Putnam County (6.3%)

— Nassau County (6.4%)

— Rockland County (6.4%)

The counties in New York State with the highest unemployment rates include:

— Lewis County (12.3%)

— Hamilton County (12.0%)

— Bronx County (11.6%)

— Jefferson County (11.5%)




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