Black Workers

Black unemployment was 16.7 percent in April

More than 20 million jobs were lost in March because of the pandemic It is the worst of times for blacks workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the jobless rate for the blacks was 16.7 percent in April, a giant leap backward from 6.7 percent in March, as the Covid-19 pandemic caused nonfarm employment to fall by[Read More…]

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Most blacks can’t work from home during the pandemic

  Some parents have been placed in a difficult position as schools have closed When almost everyone is being told to work from home during this pandemic so they won’t be infected by the coronavirus or inadvertently spread the disease, fewer than 20 percent of blacks have jobs that allow this. The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank, reported[Read More…]

Black unemployment was 6.0 percent in January

Nonfarm businesses added a better than expected 225,000 jobs in January, but the black unemployment rate rose although some businesses were scrambling for workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The jobless rate for African Americans was 6.0 percent, compared to 5.9 percent in December 2019, BLS reported. Year-over-year, the black jobless rate has markedly improved from[Read More…]

African Americans see housing affordability as the top issue

Lowering the cost of health care is number two issue of importance to blacks   Black voters and non-registered black voters consider housing affordability their top priority, according to a survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Third Way. Housing affordability is an especially important issue for blacks since 40 percent of the nation’s homeless population[Read More…]

Unemployment for black men drops in October

Jobless rate for black men shows sharp drop compared to the same month a year earlier Nonfarm payroll expanded by 128,000 General Motors’ strike slowed job growth   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The jobless rate for black men 20 and older dropped dramatically in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The unemployment rate for the[Read More…]

For many black men, work is not in their future

Automation is quickly pushing black men out of the workforce Corporations are being pushed to include racial equity in their hiring Why aren’t black people talking about this crucial issue? By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Black men are predicted to suffer even higher unemployment then they do now because they work jobs that will be replaced by artificial intelligence. McKinsey[Read More…]

Majority of black workers support universal basic income for those displaced by automation

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today An overwhelming percentage of black workers support free college or free job training if they are displaced from their jobs by automation. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank for black elected officials, reported 85 percent of African Americans supported this position, followed by 78 percent of Asian Americans,75 percent[Read More…]