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The Obama Record With Black Americans

- June 3, 2012

  • Since Obama Became President, The Unemployment Rate For African Americans Has Increased From 12.7 Percent To 15.5Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 12/6/11)
  • Since Obama Became President, The Unemployment Rate For African American Men Has Increased From 15.6 Percent To 17.4Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 12/6/11)
  • Since Obama Became President, The Unemployment Rate For African American Teenagers (16 to 19 Years Old) Has Increased From 36.3 Percent To 39.6 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 12/6/11)
  • Black Unemployment Is Twice As High As White Unemployment And Higher Than Hispanic Unemployment.“ As of last month, black unemployment in the U.S. was 15.1 percent, nearly twice as high as the 8 percent rate for whites and higher than the 11.4 percent rate for Hispanics.” (Mark Roth, “Recession Hits Blacks Particularly Hard,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/5/11)
  • “Last Summer , The Black Unemployment Rate Hit 16.7 Percent, Its Highest Level Since 1984.”(Timothy Williams, “As Public Sector Sheds Jobs, Blacks Are Hit Hardest,” The New York Times, 11/28/11)
  • The “Staggering Unemployment Rate Among African Americans” Has Become A “Growing Source Of Tension Between Members Of The Congressional Black Caucus And The Obama Administration.” “Black lawmakers are embarking on a monthlong campaign Monday to address the staggering unemployment rate among African Americans, an issue that has become a growing source of tension between members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Obama administration.” (Ylan Q. Mui, “Lack Of Jobs For Blacks Creates Tension Between Black Lawmakers And Obama,” The Washington Post, 8/7/11)
  • Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): “We’ve Had It” “‘We want him to know that from this day forward, we’ve had it,’ Michigan Rep. John Conyers recently said of the president. ‘We want him to come out on our side and advocate, not to watch and wait.’” (Ylan Q. Mui, “Lack Of Jobs For Blacks Creates Tension Between Black Lawmakers And Obama,” The Washington Post, 8/7/11)
  • The Proportion Of Black Teens In The Labor Force Is “Reaching The Point Where It Is Not Going To Be Able To Go Any Lower.” An even more troubling for many who have looked at black teen joblessness is something known as the employment-population ratio because it also reflects the teens who have given up looking for work. Only 28.2 percent of teens were in the workforce in May. For black teens it was 14.5 percent. ‘We’re reaching the point where it is not going to be able to go any lower,’ said Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.” (Olivia Perkins, “Teen Unemployment Remains High, Especially For Black Teens,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/15/11)
  • “African-Americans Have Fared The Worst During The Recession, But President Obama Has Done Very Little To Address Our Needs Directly.”(Alexis Garrett-Stodghill, Op-Ed, “Michele Bachmann: President Obama Has Failed African Americans,” The Atlanta Post, 6/21/11)
  • “Blacks, In Particular Black Men, Are Suffering Through What Many Economists Would Call A Depression …” “What President Obama did not address is the growing crisis in the African-American community, which looms like a shadow outside his sunny focus on growth. While unemployment rose to 9.1% overall, African-American males experienced a staggering increase to 18.6% for the month of May, according to a UC Berkley report. The unemployment rate for blacks at large is now 16.2%, almost twice the national level. Blacks, in particular black men, are suffering through what many economists would call a depression, yet the first black president has yet to consider this issue worthy of consistent commentary.” (Alexis Garrett-Stodghill, Op-Ed, “Obama: ‘Not Concerned About Double-Dip Recession,” The Atlanta Post, 6/8/11)

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