January saw a remarkable three-point drop in black joblessness. Economists are skeptical it’s real. But why? Put on your data nerd hat, because we’ve got the explanation.
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by Shani O. Hilton on February 9 2012, 9:40AM
Black unemployment dropped a whopping 3 percent in January, fueled by hiring of black men. Economists who’ve tracked black joblessness are waiting for the other shoe to drop—was it a statistical quirk, or is there a jobs renaissance afoot in black America?
by Shani O. Hilton on December 9 2011, 10:01AM
Several lawmakes literally hid from thousands who swarmed the Capitol this week to demand action on jobs. Here’s some of the actions they could have long ago taken.
by Jorge Rivas on December 8 2011, 1:04PM
Jobless demonstrators have stormed Capitol Hill this week, but are seeing (and recording) doors shut in their faces by elected officials, who must vote on an extension of unemployment benefits this month.
by Yvonne Yen Liu on November 4 2011, 9:54AM
Neither the public nor private sector is doing much to create jobs, and those that are popping up aren’t very good ones. So a lot of folks are taking matters into their own hands.
by Kai Wright on October 14 2011, 11:26AM
No, Obama can’t wave his magic wand and pass bills. But he can use the substantial bully pulpit he occupies to at least force the right conversation. He’s been doing so for weeks, and there are signs that it’s working.
by Kai Wright on October 7 2011, 10:48AM
Black unemployment is at levels comparable to the Great Depression in six cities. But then again, black populations in dozens of cities were in acute recessions before the national crisis ever began. The actual numbers are striking.
by Kai Wright on October 3 2011, 10:05AM
The Occupy Wall Street movement is building steam as protestors battle with NYPD over the right to peaceful assembly. That’s great, but the crisis at hand—crippling economic inequity—is once again lost in the din.
by Kai Wright on September 28 2011, 11:51AM
Obama ruffled feathers with a speech telling black leaders to take off their “bedroom slippers” and join the battle for his jobs bill. Funny thing is, that’s just what they were trying to tell him.
by Shani O. Hilton on September 9 2011, 3:24PM
While some have a lukewarm reaction to the president’s proposal, others say that elements of the plan could pay off for those who’ve been hardest hit by the bad economy.
by Shani O. Hilton on September 7 2011, 10:35AM
Tomorrow’s big jobs speech will feature more tax cuts than stimulus spending, and the GOP is still not into it. Sound familiar? That’s because it is.
by Kai Wright on September 2 2011, 12:53PM
Another dismal monthly jobs report and another round of all the wrong questions and concerns. Meanwhile, millions of people continue fighting for survival.
by Shani O. Hilton on August 31 2011, 9:17AM
House GOP leaders will roll out more so-called jobs ideas this week, in anticipation of the president’s expected proposals next week. None of it is expected to meet the scale of the problem.
by Imara Jones on August 12 2011, 9:37AM
After months of debate over the nation’s debt, the central bank’s unprecedented interest rates announcement this week was entirely about the jobs crisis. The subtext was clear: politics, not economics stand in the way of recovery.
by Shani O. Hilton on August 4 2011, 9:22AM
Widespread reports suggest would-be employers and placement agencies are weeding out applicants who are unemployed—leaving the long-term jobless with even fewer options.
by Kai Wright on July 11 2011, 9:53AM
How many times are we going to act shocked upon learning that the recessionary goblin isn’t actually dead?
by Shani O. Hilton on June 17 2011, 11:12AM
Still, there really are job-creation ideas out there. Really. Here’s another one.
by Shani O. Hilton on June 15 2011, 11:28AM
Really, they still exist. But Congress and the administration have stopped looking at them.