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Company payrolls grew in December, but black unemployment rose
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Company payrolls grew in December, but black unemployment rose

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today December’s  jobs’ numbers shocked Wall Street, but what was even more shocking was the rise in unemployment among African Americans. The nation’s nonfarm businesses added 312,000 jobs last month with employment growing in food services, health care, bars, construction, manufacturing and retail trade. The nation’s overall unemployment rose 0.2 percent to 3.9 percent, reported the […]

The Land of Lincoln is the land of the nation’s highest black unemployment rate
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The Land of Lincoln is the land of the nation’s highest black unemployment rate

Illinois has a black unemployment rate of 9.3 percent, the highest among 22 states, the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank published in an October 30th report titled “Black unemployment is at least twice as high as white unemployment  at the national level and in 22 states and D.C..”  The 22 states are ones in which EPI has […]

Black jobless rate was 6.0 percent in September; Overall unemployment was 3.7 percent
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Black jobless rate was 6.0 percent in September; Overall unemployment was 3.7 percent

September’s unemployment rate for black men and black women was 6.0 percent as the nation’s nonfarm businesses added 134,000 jobs overall and the unemployment rate dropped to  3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969. The overall jobless rate for blacks a year earlier was 6.8 percent. The jobless rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent, down from 6.5 […]

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Briefs

  NAACP LDF votes “no’ on Judge Kavanaugh The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wants supporters to contact their senators and urge them to vote against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court  because of the incomplete record he has supplied individuals who are interested in his nomination. Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. District […]

The Black unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in May, falling from April
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The Black unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in May, falling from April

   Black men’s jobless rate remains high as more look for work  Wage growth is low By Frederick H. Lowe The nation’s black unemployment rate in May was 5.9 percent, down from 6.6 percent in April as the country’s overall jobless rate dropped to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Even in […]

African-American seniors struggle to find therapists who understand
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African-American seniors struggle to find therapists who understand

  By Jeneé Darden KQED Radio “California Report” Also, listen to the audio version online.  Black Men Speak chair Joe Anderson (L) with member James Glenn.  (Jeneé Darden/KQED)   SAN FRANCISCO–Choosing the right mental health therapist means finding connection and trust. For some African American seniors living in the San Francisco Bay Area, for instance, finding that therapist takes extra work. […]

Black unemployment was 6.9% in March
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Black unemployment was 6.9% in March

White jobless rate in March was 3.6% By Frederick H. Lowe The nation’s employers added fewer jobs in March than experts predicted, and some are blaming the snow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that nonfarm businesses added 103,000 jobs, lower than the predicted 185,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent. The black unemployment rate was […]

Chicago White Sox rehire wrongfully convicted former employee who spent nearly 21 years in prison
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Chicago White Sox rehire wrongfully convicted former employee who spent nearly 21 years in prison

  By Frederick H. Lowe When the umpire yells play ball at Thursday’s Chicago White Sox game, Nevest Coleman will be safe at home with the team that rehired him after he spent nearly 21 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit. Coleman was released from prison on November 20, 2017, when the Cook County State’s Attorney vacated his […]