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Black Labor Force Participation Rate Under Obama Hits Rock Bottom--Lowest Level Ever Recorded
The Gateway Pundit ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor

Posted on 01/13/2014 9:06:48 AM PST by kristinn

Five years in to Barack Obama’s presidency, the number of African-Americans participating in the labor force has hit rock bottom.

The news media has ignored this stunning revelation from Friday’s monthly jobs report by the Labor Department.

The exception has been PBS, which interviewed economist Dean Baker who had written about it in a report published Friday.

“The drop in labor force participation was sharpest for African Americans, who saw a decline of 0.3 percentage points to 60.2 percent, the lowest rate since December of 1977. The rate for African American men fell 0.7 percentage points to 65.6 percent, the lowest on record. The decline in labor force participation was associated with a drop in the overall African American unemployment rate of 0.5 percentage points to 11.9, and a drop of 0.6 percentage points to 11.6 percent for African American men.”

Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told PBS’s Judy Woodruff Friday that contrary to those who spin the falling labor force participation rate as mainly coming from retiring Baby Boomers, young workers are dropping out by the millions.

“…it is easy to see the big falloff in labor force participation is among prime age workers, 25-to-54-years-olds. That is down by four full percentage points. That is equivalent to five million people in their prime ages. They are not retiring at age 50.”

The White House fed black media the news that black unemployment was down five points from its 2010 high of 16.9% but did not say that this was largely the result of more African-Americans giving up on finding jobs in the Obama economy.

While black support for Obama is over 80%, some in the African-American community put their desire for a job ahead of their pride in the first black president in the 2012 election. According to Pew Research, 19% of young black men voted for Republican Mitt Romney—a loss of 14% for Obama from 2008.

Economist Walter Williams put black labor force participation in historical context in a column published last April by pointing out that up until the 1960s blacks were as well or better represented in the labor force than whites.

“From 1900 to 1954, blacks were more active than whites in the labor market. Until about 1960, black male labor force participation in every age group was equal to or greater than that of whites. During that period, black teen unemployment was roughly equal to or less than white teen unemployment. As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it’s about 30 percent longer.”

What happened after that? Liberalism–and now Obama.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: black; blacklaborforce; jobless; jobs; labor; laborforce; obama; unemployment

1 posted on 01/13/2014 9:06:48 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Define “Black”.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 9:08:05 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: kristinn

Why work? Just let others work and the government will take the fruits of their labors and distribute it to us.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 9:08:33 AM PST by davisfh
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To: kristinn

99.9 % of them voted for Obama.

I know one who voted for GWB both times, then voted for Obama both times.

And he goes to church and opposes same sex marraige


4 posted on 01/13/2014 9:08:41 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: kristinn
19% of young black men voted for Republican Mitt Romney

B.S. More like 0.00009%

5 posted on 01/13/2014 9:11:12 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: kristinn

“Five years in to Barack Obama’s presidency, the number of African-Americans participating in the labor force has hit rock bottom.”

That’s racist?


6 posted on 01/13/2014 9:12:52 AM PST by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: sickoflibs

Just wait until we grant amnesty to 30m illegals. When I started working in HS in 1958..there was a labor shortage and even unskilled black men had jobs in construction and ag. Plus they were supporting families. Now those jobs are nearly all illegals. You also didn’t start at minimum wage..I never worked for minimum as a 13 year old. The RATS will destroy our economy and society if we let them and so far the GOP seems to be ok with it.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 9:13:08 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: kristinn
"labor force participation"

( That is P.C. bullpuckey for having a job!)

8 posted on 01/13/2014 9:13:56 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: kristinn

Maybe because they are living off the government.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 9:14:50 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: kristinn

‘Just part of the king’s plan to label it “income inequality”.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:01 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: kristinn

This is the PLAN. Obama/Liberals/Democrats will blame Republicans and vote 98% for the SAME results because they are INSANE. The Takers are in the ascendency and the Makers are declining. As Margaret Thatcher said: “Socialism works great until you run out of OTHER peoples money.”


11 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:16 AM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: kristinn

It seems as if almost half the adult Negro male population is NOT WORKING. But they are all eating, smoking, fornicating, shooting up and boozing on the money provided them by hard working, barely getting by, citizens. No wonder Obama is their God. Was Lincoln wrong??? Hmmmmm?


12 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:42 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: kristinn

Nothing to see here. Move on....


13 posted on 01/13/2014 9:16:31 AM PST by Starboard
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To: kristinn

The O admin didn’t bother to tell folks that ‘change’ and ‘fundamentally transform’ really meant “we are going to sink your country because I(Obama) hate it.”


14 posted on 01/13/2014 9:21:23 AM PST by Nifster
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To: kristinn
After listening to urban talk radio, I am left with the impression that there is a strong streak of what can only be described as mental illness in black America. EVERYTHING that goes wrong is because of the white man doing everything possible to keep black people down, without ever coming up with a reason why working white people would want to create a crippled black underclass--the white underclass is large enough.

Only evil beings would get up every morning and conspire to keep others miserable, and that is the message of urban talk radio. Satanic white people are the root of all evil, not just in the US, but in the world.

Of course not all of black American indulges in such Bad Craziness--but enough of it does to be a real problem for the greater society, such as when the festering hate manifests itself in attacks upon whites or Asians who have done NOTHING offensive.
15 posted on 01/13/2014 9:21:52 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: kristinn

They do not have to work. Obama and his anti-american scum have been taking more wealth away from the productive Caucasian people and giving it to the Negroes more than ever in the history of our once-great country.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 9:22:05 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: OldMissileer

I thought it said Black Labrador....

For a minute I was thinking about Obamas war on the blind.


17 posted on 01/13/2014 9:23:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: areukiddingme1

“participating in the labor force” is “slabery”!

The way to look at this is that a record number don’t have to work any more to support themselves!

Free at last! Free at last!


18 posted on 01/13/2014 9:24:50 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Oldexpat
When I started working in HS in 1958..there was a labor shortage and even unskilled black men had jobs in construction and ag. Plus they were supporting families.

Our "wonderful" Chamber of Commerce wants many more illegals to make sure they can get nearly-free labor.

I guess they do not understand when everything collapses because of this they will no longer have anyone to buy their products or services.

19 posted on 01/13/2014 9:25:18 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The black population thinks Obama will ive it to them why work for it. Heck, apparently a lot of whites think that too - the fools.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 9:25:45 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: kristinn

And yet 95 percent of Black Protestants voted for Obama. When you figure that one out.....let me know.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 9:26:43 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: kristinn

IBIBF - In Before It’s Bush’s Fault!


22 posted on 01/13/2014 9:32:31 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Salvation
And yet 95 percent of Black Protestants voted for Obama.

Are you saying that Black Roman Catholics did not vote for BHO in the same proportions as Black Protestants?

23 posted on 01/13/2014 9:32:43 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: kristinn

How’s that ‘Hopey-Changey’ stuff workin’ out for ya?...............


24 posted on 01/13/2014 9:41:06 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: kristinn

That’s the AA way. Government rules, regulations, directives, guidelines, and advisories dictate excellence.

Never mind if that excellence happens to be in the wrong direction.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 9:46:58 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: davisfh
Why work? Just let others work and the government will take the fruits of their labors and distribute it to us.

Exactly.

What he has done is praiseworthy in many circles including some white relatives of mine.

To some, work is for suckers. Obama has created an environment where the "American (slacker's) dream" is in reach for more people. I am sure that was his goal.

26 posted on 01/13/2014 9:52:07 AM PST by nitzy (You can avoid reality but you can't avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.)
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To: davisfh

After the interview with the presidents aunt, an illegal, living in a free home, food, medical etc, etc why would anyone work - just live off working tribes and blame their racism for your lot in life.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 9:55:35 AM PST by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: kristinn

The message of the civl rights movement was that black men who worked at menial jobs were suckers. Never mind that for these black men, the problem was that they could not advance in such jobs, like their white colleagues. They were happy to get their chance to work themselves up the ladder. The young “bucks” in the civil rights movement, however, expected have good jobs created for them, or lacking them, to be supported in their idleness.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 9:57:56 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: kristinn

but his peeps luv him so


29 posted on 01/13/2014 9:58:12 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: kristinn

“YES WE CAN” “YES WE CAN” “YES WE CAN”

Only he didn’t tell you WHAT he can do ...

And thise dumbells voted to “keep obama in presiden’” because he “he gib you a pho’”


30 posted on 01/13/2014 9:58:38 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: kristinn

They had a job.

To vote for the black guy twice. Beyond that they dont need you.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 10:07:35 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: kristinn

and why should the African-American labor participation rate NOT decline, when by virtue of the declared Messiah of the Progressive Socialists the federal government will more than ever provide for everyone, whether they work or not, by expanding every form of subsidy in life to the point where many can “get more” from the subsidies than from work

but is not that always been the intent of the white Liberals - the “government plantation society”


32 posted on 01/13/2014 10:20:43 AM PST by Wuli
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To: kristinn
It isn't rocket science. Blacks are being replaced in the workforce by invaders who are mostly not black. Blacks are being bought off with cell phones, food stamps, rent subsidies, and now free health insurance. The blacks who do move up mostly move out, leaving the population that remains to fester, with their potential leaders serving as minority participants in the ruling class.

It could not have been done so completely if those that decide things hadn't groomed an Indonesian (or whatever) with an American born mother to pretend he is an American black and thus everything Obama has done to blacks to further degrade their culture and potential does not diminish their support for him.

And white liberals? Forget it. I had seven years time served in inner city schools, often in fragile neighborhoods. I can't even discuss with my liberal friends the imposed problems minority students face in their schools and neighborhoods. They think the purpose of the handouts is to help blacks get ahead.

How are these workplace participation numbers not compelling? The only way to start solving the problem is to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US for US citizens and send home and keep out of the US invaders and other substitute labor.

When are blacks going to realize they've been written off?

33 posted on 01/13/2014 10:36:06 AM PST by grania
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To: kristinn

Credit 50 years of LBJ’s “War on Poverty” for making more poor than we’ve ever had in this country. Surely even the lowest information voters ought to catch on after five years of Obumbles that their situation is much worse than before he came to office. A half-black skin can’t cover up such gross mismanagement of the economy.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 10:46:18 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: kristinn

They can thank Obama because now Obama is going to bring them millions of immigrates to compete against. That Obama sure looks out for his peeps!


35 posted on 01/13/2014 10:59:42 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: kristinn

Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?


36 posted on 01/13/2014 11:01:42 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: VanDeKoik
"They had a job. To vote for the black guy twice. Beyond that they dont need you. "

Ding~! Ding~! Ding~! I think we have a winner!

Thanks for playing

37 posted on 01/13/2014 11:13:30 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: kosciusko51

I don’t have those figures, only the Black Protestant figures.


38 posted on 01/13/2014 11:18:18 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I suppose you found you numbers from the Pew Research Poll, which only characterizes Black as Protestants. Since the poll lacked racial components for other religions, why not use a poll that lacks a religious component?
39 posted on 01/13/2014 12:10:34 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Nepeta

The black underclass can’t and never will. Someone, some group other than themselves has to be blamed. Evil, white racism has always been the answer for progressives. But most people have caught on. Nobody but diehard racialists believe the race-pimps like Jackson and Sharpton anymore. The black underclass is the cancer of the nation that must be excised for the rest of black America and the rest of the country to survive.


40 posted on 01/13/2014 2:50:47 PM PST by driftless2
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To: davisfh

41 posted on 01/13/2014 10:26:26 PM PST by Rodamala
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