Skip to comments.Black Females Crushed by Unemployment
Posted on 08/09/2010 6:18:15 AM PDT by Kaslin
July 2010 unemployment numbers show a distressing fact: unemployment among African American women increased to a staggering 12.9%, a statistic which bodes ill for the African American family since females are the primary breadwinners in the African American community. 52% of primary wage earners in the African American community are women (compared with a national average of 39% ), so the effects of unemployment are crushing.
The July unemployment numbers for all categories of African Americans are dangerously high with 16% unemployment overall, and 41% among African American teens. The unemployment rates, for African American women, which last month had seemed to be improving, increased in July.
The great strides made during the Clinton and Bush Administrations, both for reduced unemployment among African Americans and increased African American small business ownership are being eroded. Various reports show African American families becoming increasingly dependent upon government assistance.
Increased dependence upon government subsidies by African Americans has dire, long-term, unintended consequences for all Americans. Congress and Obama seem oblivious to the implications that as large numbers of African Americans remain unemployed in such large numbers, for so long, that they may be creating a new category and class of individuals who are permanently unemployed and permanently in need of government assistance.
Department of Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, has been making the media rounds trying to put a positive spin on July's unemployment numbers, a clear indication that Obama Administration officials have yet to acknowledge that their various job creation policies have failed spectacularly in the African American community. President Obama delivered a lackluster speech at a Washington, DC sign maker's facility, ignoring the dismal jobs report and, instead, painting a rosy picture of his Administration's job creation efforts.
Obama and the 111th congress promised change. They promised that passing a $787 billion dollar economic stimulus bill would create jobs and reduce unemployment. They promised that voting in an extension of unemployment benefits was a one-time emergency measure that would not need to be repeated. But, African Americans averaging 16% unemployment--is this the change that Obama promised?
What is perhaps even more disturbing than Obama's attempts to put a positive spin on a disastrous unemployment report is that there does not seem to be any realization that Obama's policies are failing and that a new kind of thinking is required to solve these massive unemployment problems.
Obama continues to advance corrosive and confiscatory policies that crush small businesses. These anti-small business policies also affect African American women since, over the past twenty years, African American Women start businesses at three to five times the rate of any other group.
Furthermore, the African American community is hurt by the silence their current African American leadership regarding these issues. But, don't expect Democrat Black leaders to speak out against the harm caused by Obama Administration policies. The euphoria from the election still lingers even though African Americans are the hardest hit by Obama's misguided policies.
Why don't we hear protests from Democrat Black leaders about Obama Administration policies that are pummeling the African American community? One possibility is that many Black leaders, from the Congressional Black Caucus to the NAAP to the National Urban League to the cult personalities that seem to serve as Democrat spokespeople on African American issues, benefit from Obama's policies. These leaders grow more powerful as African Americans become increasingly dependent on government assistance. Their role as intermediary and advocate to secure increased government entitlements becomes increasingly important as they increase their power base and fiscal authority. Second, and sadly, perhaps blind adherence to Democrat dogma may be all they know.
Come 2012, it is likely that African American entrepreneurs and women may abandon Obama and those members of congress who persist in implementing anti-business, anti-women policies. Will the rest of the African American community follow suit? Not necessarily. But, if the Obama Administration and members of congress continue to implement policies that increase unemployment, increase taxes and fees, and force reliance on government services, it is possible that many African Americans who have traditionally voted Democrat may throw in the towel and finally say: enough is enough.
unemployment this time around has hit everyone top to bottom. BS any group in particular has been hit harder.
I think he may lose the minorities simply because he doesn’t have a clue about the economy. He’s thinking of cultivating the crowd that wants government handouts, but there are many others who actually want to work and get ahead, and a functioning economy is necessary for that.
He’s down with Hispanics, too. An interesting fact is that 40% of the small businesses in this country are owned by Hispanics. If that figure sounds high, remember that these can be very, very tiny businesses, not only the corner bodega but a service provider such as two guys with a lawnmower and weed whacker. People don’t buy these services when the economy is down, and, in addition, these very tiny businesses are not up to all the reporting and regulatory requirements that are suddenly being imposed on them, not to mention the taxes. So he’s dropped a lot among Hispanics.
I think he’ll continue to go down among blacks, too, no matter how hard he tries to wave the race flag and keep them faithful to him.
Oh, the delicious irony! Under Clinton and Bush, blacks saw soaring employment opportunities. Under Obama, a black man, blacks are being subjugated (again) in lieu of unemployment assurances, educational scholarships for being black, and myriad federal assistance programs. This article tells me one thing about the black community: they want to work but cannot find any jobs! Congratulations Obama voters, you have succeeded in removing yourselves from the job market through indirect consequence of your voting actions in November 08.
My thoughts exactly
Actually, if you look at the demographic trend lines, your statement is incorrect, for example, minimum wage workers have seen the steepest and longest decline of all groups over the last two plus years.
The American people are tired of race and gender politics. We’re tired of being called racists and sexists. Every story just stokes the fires. The flame should be good and high come November.
You are absolutely right on. I'm sick and tired of "African-American". My advice to those who identify with 'African-American' is to go back to your native land and stay there.
Another thing, the reason why unemployment was also low under Clinton, was because the Republicans controlled the House, which they did until the Rats took over in January of 2007. Then things changed for the worse
this is painful...proves O could care less about unemployment..he tried to send everyone to school on grants when he took office..I remember the adds..”single mother’s Obama wants you to go back to school”..then i heard people outside the US were getting grants...just like the green stimulas...People ouside the US qualified to get grants for green businesses.
I used to hyphenate myself as a way of explaining my heritage. However, one can maintain their lineage and heritage through pride in one’s cultural background and still remain an American the whole time. I may be Scots-ItaliaRussoGerman-American, but I’m American FIRST. I hold no fealty to the banners of any of my heritage countries.
Think transposition and clarity will appear.
The better descriptive is American-African. The longing for the old tribal ways rules
>minimum wage workers have seen the steepest and longest decline of all groups over the last two plus years.
Which speaks volumes about the minimum wage & its true effects & consequences in a free market.
Keep jacking it up, - see what happens.
I don’t get it, if you are a black woman and have at least some professional skills and a good attitude, there is no way they wouldn’t get hired, especially in IT or engineering.
Yo, you is cracker-amerikan.
There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country.
There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.
There is your change, brothers and sisters.
Hope is waaaaay out in socialist “paradise” (with 72.5 virgins).
True. Are they lumping in black women from the Caribbean in with “African American Women?”
Another more intense angry black male population comin' our way.
BOHICA or (This word self censored)
Yeah, just like what happened in Detroit! Where after years of failed economic policies, African-Americans finally rose up and voted in all Republicans...
Sorry, but it's wishful thinking on your part, black unemployment could skyrocket to 75% and they would still vote for him (or any other Democrat) by 90%+ margins.
They’ll still vote Democrat till they die, hoping that government will be the husbands and fathers missing from their households.
Stupid is as stupid does.
So what exactly is the point of this article? Poor whites are less deserving then poor blacks? Whites are evil?
“CHANGE” they will HAVE to LIVE WITH!!!!!
OBAMA SCREWS UP ECONOMY; WOMEN, MINORITIES HARDEST HIT.
Now let's just see if the lapdog media will put that on the masthead.
I think the problem is "some professional skills". I think too many of them bought into the black culture meme that says getting a good education and developing professional skills is a "white thang" to be disdained. That's left them equipped for little more than entry-level service work. Obama's policies have left them in the position of having to compete with illegal immigrants willing to work for less money, and employers looking to downsize and automate to reduce the size of their labor force because of the increased costs of hiring mandated by Obamacare.
The goal is to make EVERYONE dependent on government. Minorities are just the tip of the spear.
Affirmative action.... is not like racism... IT IS RACISM...
I talk to more than a few HR people from many companies in my line of work (all private sector jobs). Just about all of them tell me that hiring is extremely risky right now and what few job openings they have are filled with white guys whenever possible for one simple reason: no repercussions if they don't work out and get fired. It is one of the few ways they have to lower risk.
Of course, they can't say that on the record, but look at the statistics. White guys are disproportionately involved in both jobs eliminated and jobs filled.
Sorry but I just have to correct your grammar. Everyone knows that it's
Yo, you be cracker-amerikan.
You see, the boyz in the 'hood don't conjugate "to be."
It doesn’t matter.
They will still crawl over broken glass to vote for Obama again.
Only the ignorant ones will
Agreed. The author used that term so many times it started to wear on me.
I am an American. I can't live somewhere else and here at the same time, I can't be a person who lived somewhere else a hundred years ago.
Show me a man who lives honestly, loves his family, keeps his yard clean, works hard, and isn't trying to overthrow the nation by using our freedoms against us, and that man is my brother, and I'd be thrilled to have him move in next door to me.
Martin Luther King, Jr. had MY dream, to live in a world where I can judge a man by the content of his character, and not by the color of his skin. The problem is that every time I judge some men by the content of their character, their "community leaders" make excuses for them and demand that I am judging them by other criteria. Single parents, drug use, bad work ethic, "blaming the Man", failure to finish school, "walk away dads"...these are the symptoms of a bankrupt culture, having nothing to do with skin color. You would think that "community leaders", if they were really leading the community would be preaching from the pulpit that Jesus loves us all equally, and we all need to strive for the high calling of being better people, not blaming someone else. But nope, somehow I as a pale Republican male am to blame for everyone ease's failures. My people say "You are in the greatest country in the world, and we believe you can make yourself rich through hard work. We believe in you!" The Democrats say "You can't possibly achieve anything. You are nothing without our help. We will pay you out of someone else's pocket because you are never going to stand on your own in a world where THOSE people keep you down. Now vote for us." Guess who get's branded as racists?
All kids, want to get ahead? Get a job, if you can find one now that the President's killed of all business. Be prompt, show up, work hard, speak clear English, and for God's sake, ditch the droopy drawers that make employers decide that you are such a immature moron that they'll never hire you. Your problems may not be that you have the wrong pigmentation...it may be you are acting like an idiot that no one wants to hire.
This land today is still better than any other land, at any other time. More prosperity, more hope, more chance for advancement. Hell, our POOR people have TV's, cars and are fat. If you are willing to be "an American" and work hard, you will go far. Insist on setting yourself apart, on celebrating under achievement, and looking like you hate everyone else, and you'll just be another Democrat.
The ugly truth is: there never were any great strides. A decade ago the economic tide was high. Credit was for the taking. Equity plentiful. Debt hides many societal flaws, for a while. Now that the tide has gone out and the equity stores are depleted, the skinny dippers are exposed.
He is white, and his wife is black. The wife is a big-time Obama supporter.
Friend of mine (different guy) does legal work for lenders of student loans. He said that 0bama's regime had it in for the Sallie Mae administrators and in particular the guys in my neighbor's position.
My neighbor's wife elected her husband's job executioner.
In you opinion, what are the odds that she sees this, renounces the administration and votes GOP going forward?
Ovoters would lose out.
If I had to guess a demographic which voted disproportionately for Duh Won, I'd say some chickens are coming home to roost.
Actually, since Africa is a continent, and not a country, would it not be more correct to refer to the ancestors of prior slaves as,”African North Americans”.
I prefer to be called a Saltine-American.
(thanks to an anonymous FReeper)
I doubt those stats even reflect reality. I wouldn’t be suprised if black male unemployment is actually around 40%.
She works for the county children's service agency, so I will go with not a chance.
That said, I just got word that the husband just got 2 job offers and he accepted one.
I connected the neighbor w/my lawyer friend. He moved his resume around and it looks like it yielded the desired result.
We had been praying for his job situation for a while. God is good.
I don’t understand this. Black females are two checked boxes on EEO. They should go to the front on hiring. Especially in HR departments.
Not a Ritz-American?
Yeah, looking back on their labels they put on themselves, it's pretty damn absurd and very divisive...
I refuse to use that asinine term...