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9.6% to 10.2%: Black Unemployment Hits Double Digits Again

9.6% to 10.2%: Black Unemployment Hits Double Digits Again

Black Unemployment Up from 9.6% to 10.2% as 280,000 Jobs Added.  Though Black unemployment numbers have been steadily improving over the last few months, the May jobless stats were a setback according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Remember that Black unemployment was 10.4% in December 2014.  The overall jobless rate for May 2015 is 5.5% with 280,000 jobs added. 

Over the last several years, the issue of Black unemployment has been answered with the mantra of, “well it’s always been double.”  That empty talking point by legacy civil rights leaders who have taken to parroting Obama Administration communications strategy, is as empty and without hope as one could imagine.  At some point, public policy has to acknowledge some of the obvious institutional issues that have pushed the Black unemployment rate up.