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.