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2:33pm January 4, 2013
 

Black Unemployment Rate Shoots Up from 12.9% to 14%

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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 independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been 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 weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke has also authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics creator 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. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



 
 

 
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