2:33pm January 4, 2013

Black Unemployment Rate Shoots Up from 12.9% to 14%


12.9% to 14%: Just when the unemployment numbers for Black Americans appeared to be improving, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that the number has increased a full percentage point up to a strikingly high 14%. The overall unemployment number held steady at 7.8% as employers hired 155,000 people.

The Black unemployment rate hit a three year low in May 2012 when it was at 13%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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