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Unemployment Rises For Blacks As It Falls For Everyone Else

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 15:39.

Washington, DC -- A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009. The rate has dropped for four straight months. But black unemployment rose again from 15.5 to 15.8 percent overall and from 39.6 to 42.1 among African-American teens.

A Jobs-Centered Approach to African American Community Development​

Written by Algernon Austin on Friday, 20 January 2012 21:43.

Millions of African Americans live in communities that lack access to good jobs and good schools and suffer from high crime rates. African American adults are about twice as likely to be unemployed as whites, black students lag their white peers in educational attainment and achievement, and African American communities tend to have higher than average crime rates. These issues have been persistent problems.

2012: Demand for Excellence in Education Empowerment

Written by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. on Monday, 05 December 2011 17:16.

The best quality education is one of the most important issues that will determine ones future life, prosperity and destiny.  But for Black American parents and students, this is the single most important issue that will affect not only our overall quality of life, but also will determine how we will achieve to the fullest extent actual freedom, justice, equality and empowerment.  Excellence in education should not be just a matter for national political debate and dialogue; it should be the cause for urgent grassroots social action, protest and demand.

Widespread ‘Skills Gap’ Leaves Jobs on the Table

Written by Chris Levister, Special to the NNPA from Black Voice News on Friday, 21 October 2011 18:34.

As President Obama turns up the heat on Congress to pass his $447 billion dollar job bill, a growing number of employers, unions, educators and employment experts are grappling with a related and urgent imperative: A widespread “skills gap,” which leaves many employers struggling to fill job openings even as millions of Americans search for work.

President Obama Visits the Triad Job Creation Plan Discussed

Written by Afrique I. Kilimanjaro on Friday, 21 October 2011 18:29.

On a bus tour covering parts of North Carolina and Virginia, President Barack Obama paid a visit to Jamestown after spending the previous night in Greensboro. The purpose of these appearances is to discuss The American Jobs Act with local residents. Although this official visit by the president was billed as being closed to the public, more than 500 tickets were distributed to local residents, politicians and dignitaries to hear the president speak.

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