Black Workers

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[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

Black Immigration Network again ready to battle Trump

  The Black Immigration Network, which supports the nation’s black immigrant and African-American communities, announced that it will hold four regional conferences, instead of one national conference, this year to dig deep into developing strategies to fight the Trump administration’s assaults on black-immigrant rights. The Black Immigration Network made it clear that the battle with the Trump administration has already[Read More…]

Businesses added 313,000 new jobs in February, reducing unemployment among blacks

  By Frederick H. Lowe The nation’s businesses added 313,000 new jobs in February, cutting the unemployment rate for black men and black women. The overall unemployment rate for blacks was 6.9 % in February compared to 7.5% in January. Although the jobless rate for African Americans dropped significantly, it was still much higher than the rate for whites, which[Read More…]

Black jobless rate is back up in less than a week

  Frederick H. Lowe Less than a week after President Donald Trump used his Bully Pulpit–The State of the Union Address–to tell the nation that black unemployment had dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, the black jobless rate went back up, although non-farm businesses added 200,000 new jobs in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. President[Read More…]

Study: Blacks work jobs at high risk of automation

  Jobless rate could explode if automation is not properly implemented By Frederick H. Lowe Black men and women consistently suffer the highest unemployment rates compared to other racial and ethnic groups, and it’s about to get worse. Joblessness among blacks is expected go even higher because 30 jobs we work in are at high risk of automation, according to[Read More…]

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