Unemployment Continues To Prevent Black America Full Empowerment
According to the National Urban League 2013 “State Of Black America” address, while there has been some progress, African Americans are still being hit hard by socioeconomic disparities.
Back in 1963, Black unemployment was at 10 percent; currently, it stands at 13 percent. Unemployment rates for Black men and women are 2 times higher than their White counterparts. This disparity has also crossed age lines: Blacks ages 16 to 64 had higher unemployment rates than Whites in the same age categories.
In addition, African Americans only make 90 cents on the dollar compared to White Americans in the private sector. Unfortunately, that number dropped to 88 cents per dollar in the public sector.
But progress is being made.
During the ’60s, there were five Black graduates for every one graduate. Today, 85 percent of African Americans finish high school today, compared with 25 percent in 1963. Since that year, the percentage of Blacks living in poverty has gone from 48 to 28 percent in 2013. Children of color have also benefited, with only 38 percent at the poverty line, compared with 57 percent in 1963.
As the report indicates, progress has been made, but there’s still more work to do.