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Young, Black, Jobless
IBD ^ | June 16, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 06/16/2011 3:58:41 PM PDT by library user

How amusing to watch Democrats wring their hands over what they can do to get businesses to create jobs, when one of the biggest job killers is the minimum wage they keep hiking.

Recall that it was Democrats who raised the federal wage floor a whopping $2.10 an hour in the middle of the recession. The record 41% increase has led to record unemployment among young people, especially black teens.

Congress started ratcheting up the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour in mid-2007, arguing it would help abate poverty. But retailers looking to slash costs eliminated low-skilled, entry-level jobs rather than pay the mandated increases.

Now 1.5 million fewer teens are working. Last year's unemployment rate for workers ages 16 to 19 shot up to 26% from 2007's 15%.

As for black teens, their joblessness soared to a record 43% after the final raise to $7.25 took effect in mid-2009. It helped put more than half of young black men out of work — a first.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africanamericans; bhoeconomy; blacks; democratplantation; democrats; economy; hopeychangey; jobless; obamadepression; unemployment

1 posted on 06/16/2011 3:58:54 PM PDT by library user
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To: library user

The Great Society has been far more damaging to blacks than the KKK.

The black family structure has been destroyed, the rate of bastard child birth is 70%+, and the culture of poverty, immorality, govt dependence and criminality is deeply entrenched after only two generations.


2 posted on 06/16/2011 4:06:50 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: library user

Young, black, uneducated, illiterate, chip on the shoulder about ‘whitey’, with a criminal record. Wouldn’t expect employment from all that.


3 posted on 06/16/2011 4:06:50 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: library user

THE economy is racist?


4 posted on 06/16/2011 4:07:32 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: library user
Recall that it was Democrats who raised the federal wage floor a whopping $2.10 an hour in the middle of the recession. The record 41% increase has led to record unemployment among young people, especially black teens.

I hate to say it but too many young black males are unemployed because they are, quite simply, unemployable. Poorly educated and lacking a strong work ethic, they'll remain unemployed regardless of the economy. They will be standing on the sidelines, pulling their pants up, and watching the world pass them by.

5 posted on 06/16/2011 4:10:04 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: library user

The commies NEED mis-educated poor black kids to be unemployed.


6 posted on 06/16/2011 4:10:20 PM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: library user

From this article it appears that all kids are having a problem with employment because of the hike, but they are more worried about the black kids, White kids do not mean much to these folks.


7 posted on 06/16/2011 4:43:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: library user

I dont think this article is completely accurate in its correlation between jobs growth and minimum wage. A good way is to look at a country where there are different min wages, such as Canada.

Ontario: 10.25 $/hr -> unemployment 8.3%
Quebec: 9.65 $/hr -> unemployment 7.1%
Manitoba: 9.5 $/hr -> unemplyoment 5.3%
BC: 8.75 $/hr -> unemployment 7.4%
Sask: 8.8 $/hr -> unemployment 4.9%

I could go on but basically the correlation, based on multiple areas doesnt really fly. And that graph is black teens employment? Well obviously thats going to be a weird graph, not all black teens NEED to work minimum wage jobs, if they need to work at all. Baseless.


8 posted on 06/16/2011 4:44:03 PM PDT by hannibaal
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Apologies, the minimum wage in Saskatchewan is 9.25 not 8.8.


9 posted on 06/16/2011 4:45:57 PM PDT by hannibaal
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I don’t think you can compare this with the US


10 posted on 06/16/2011 4:54:37 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Gena Bukin
They will be standing on the sidelines, pulling their pants up, and watching the world pass them by.

as they wait impatiently for their next War On Poverty check.

11 posted on 06/16/2011 5:01:08 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Kaslin

You are probably right actually. The more I thought about it, a gradual increase probably would not have been a problem. But an increase of ~40% suddenly must have put alot of employers in a position where they need to let a few go to offset the giant increase. I dont think a gradual increase would have had an impact, or atleast as much of one.


12 posted on 06/16/2011 5:01:21 PM PDT by hannibaal
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To: library user
Recall that it was Democrats who raised the federal wage floor a whopping $2.10 an hour in the middle of the recession.

Remember, American Somoa was expempted from the law. Also remember that the husband of a certain California Dem is a major stockholder in Starkist Tuna, a company that runs their canning operation in American Somoa.

13 posted on 06/16/2011 5:08:45 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: CodeToad

The first sentence describes the preferred hire of a major electronics recylcer and reseller only branch on the east coast here in SC.


14 posted on 06/16/2011 5:27:47 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Clock King

Bingo. The commies need liberal-arts and Crapola Studies college graduates to be unemployed, too.


15 posted on 06/16/2011 5:34:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick (One step ahead of the jailer.)
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To: Gena Bukin

No... sadly they will just end up killing one another.

LLS


16 posted on 06/16/2011 5:41:46 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: Grizzled Bear

You mean she of the 60plus percent increase in her net worth when everyone else saw theirs plummet??


17 posted on 06/16/2011 5:48:30 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (ATM's Are Exempt from Obamacare. Robots only need apply)
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To: library user

As long as Republicans hold the House, inflation will eventually made minimum wage worthless. Nobody was paying kids $5.15 per hour back in ‘07.


18 posted on 06/16/2011 5:52:59 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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It’s the fault of obama’s white half.


19 posted on 06/16/2011 6:05:03 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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As I’ve talked with my own bosses, minimum wage and overtime laws are one of the most anti-business actions out there. Without such rules, we’d be able to put more money to our supplies (which are going up with gas), as well as give more hours and pay to the more productive workers (I’m currently their highest paid worker, and even though they consider me their best, they have to keep my hours down because they can’t afford to pay me too much or give me overtime).

And someone needs to come up with a graph that shows how minimum wage has affected the actual buying power of money, as it’s laughable to listen to those who claim minimum wage is needed to allow people to afford “the necessities”, when I know that it’s doing nothing but making us even more poor.


20 posted on 06/16/2011 8:28:00 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: library user

Sadly, the American people are unable to understand and comprehend what they are doing to themselves.


21 posted on 06/16/2011 9:15:24 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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