Black Unemployment at 8.1%

Black Unemployment at 8.1%


White: 4.2%
Asian: 3%
Hispanic: 5.7%
Black: 8.1%

The November unemployment numbers were released this morning. The Black unemployment is 8.1 percent.

It’s been a long road for Black unemployment during the Obama Administration. In 2011, Black unemployment was a shocking 16.3% and it is now half that number.

In July 2014, the Black unemployment rate was 10.7 percent.  The stat has come a long way since it was 16.7 percent in September 2011.  Back in September 2011, as the Black Caucus went on a five city jobs tour, the Black unemployment number was 16.7 percent.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke