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

Posted on 01/13/2014 3:50:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

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; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; economy; employment; jobs; obama; unemployment; welfare
Bad news about Dear Leader is racist.
1 posted on 01/13/2014 3:50:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why work when the great federal sow has always another nipple for a clinger-on?


2 posted on 01/13/2014 3:53:09 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And they would still vote overwhelmingly for him for a third term.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 3:53:12 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The trend was in place before Obama, but he certainly has made it worse. in the USA, there are so many ways we incentivize NOT working, as well as incentivizing employers NOT to hire people


4 posted on 01/13/2014 3:53:33 PM PST by PGR88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is holding a steady job and being responsible for oneself considered acting White?


5 posted on 01/13/2014 4:04:49 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And yet many of them were still stupid enough to vote for him — AGAIN.

And maybe several times.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 4:11:32 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nineteen percent of young blacks voted for Romney! I didn’t know that. For some, the time for hero worship is over.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 4:20:07 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Slowly but surely they are being herded back on to the Plantation. They appear too dumb to realize it.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 4:20:15 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where are large numbers of blacks going to find low and semi skilled jobs in urban areas competing with illegals and guest workers?

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/november-20-2012/mississippi-company-agrees-13m-discriminatory-hiring-settlement.html
In their 2011 lawsuit Veronica Cook, Yolanda Phelps, Charlyn Dozier and Seleatha McGee said they repeatedly applied for employment at Howard Industries, but were not hired until after ICE raided Howard’s Laurel Miss. Plant. 592 illegal-alien workers were arrested in that 2008 raid.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 4:20:51 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The historical context at the end is interesting. Looks like the War on Poverty was actually the War on Working.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 4:26:58 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why work when the “won” will give you everything? Seriously though, no one has wrecked the American economy better than these rats! Speaking about democRats.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 4:35:01 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Show me a black-American voting for Romney, and I’ll show you a ‘Rat party pushing that much harder for amnesty and “undocumented worker” voters.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 4:36:14 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only people who vote for Obama are racists or communists.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 4:42:09 PM PST by Ray76
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To: RightGeek

If they are STUPID enough to vote for Democrats after seeing what has happened in their communities over the past 40-50 years ...I mean, what else can you do? They just can’t make the connection . . .or they just don’t want to.


14 posted on 01/13/2014 4:42:28 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: AD from SpringBay

ding ding. this is reparations to them.


15 posted on 01/13/2014 5:21:33 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you are on the Progressive Plantation, you don’t need no stinking job!


16 posted on 01/13/2014 6:38:36 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (It's difficult to differentiate between a hog calling contest and a Senate rollcall.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Blacks in their 20’s only have to work two and a half years to qualify for a life time of Social Secirty ‘disability’ payments... Walk into a SS office - - the waiting room will be filled with 40% older white people and 50% black men in their late twenties...


17 posted on 01/13/2014 7:18:24 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Secret Agent Man
But even 40 acres and a mule represented a prospect for the future that didn't include having to be dependent on The Man.

This is more like 40 ObamaPhones and a EBT card-filled shopping cart.

18 posted on 01/13/2014 7:20:15 PM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: GOPJ

How much SS would one get who only worked 2 1/2 years?

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19 posted on 01/13/2014 7:23:30 PM PST by Mears
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

after obammy and holder, at this point I really do not give a damn what happens to American blacks.
I simply look at them and think, “quota boy”.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 4:03:42 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Joe Boucher

“after obammy and holder, at this point I really do not give a damn what happens to American blacks. I simply look at them and think, “quota boy”.”

He harmed race relations permanently; whites are forbidden to hold them to any standard. Blacks should fight affirmative action and the “soft bigotry of lowered expectations” if they want to be treated as equals; otherwise they are treated as mentally-challenged children.


21 posted on 01/14/2014 4:16:42 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Take away state, federal, city, etc. workers and I wonder what the participation rate is?


22 posted on 01/14/2014 4:17:38 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: JimSEA

“Nineteen percent of young blacks voted for Romney! I didn’t know that. For some, the time for hero worship is over.”

The blacks I work with aren’t fans of Obama anymore; they had a brief taste of the good life, enjoying the fruits of their labors, and it is over now. No more vacations/crusies, new cars, etc.; like many whites, they are working for groceries and housing.


23 posted on 01/14/2014 4:19:01 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Mears

More than a lot of people who worked their whole lives...


24 posted on 01/14/2014 7:20:47 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: P.O.E.

Good point, since all government workers are net tax consumers and not payers.


25 posted on 01/14/2014 7:22:32 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: GOPJ

“More than a lot of people who worked their whole lives...”


The reason I asked is that I only worked about 30 years and get about $400.00 a month less than my ex,who worked about 50 years. (I took an 18 year vacation to raise 5 kids)

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26 posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:51 AM PST by Mears
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To: Mears

LOL - raising 5 kids is a lot of work... not exactly ‘a vacation’...

To your question - I followed a link some time back and was amazed how high the number was... but it’s been a while. If I find link I’ll ping you. Seems it was in the %1,000 to $1,200 range. I was curious after being in my local SS office and seeing that almost half or more of the people waiting looked like gang bangers in their late twenties.


27 posted on 01/14/2014 7:46:12 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

“To your question - I followed a link some time back and was amazed how high the number was... but it’s been a while. If I find link I’ll ping you. Seems it was in the %1,000 to $1,200 range. I was curious after being in my local SS office and seeing that almost half or more of the people waiting looked like gang bangers in their late twenties.”

I was referring to Social Security,not S.S.I..

Most on S.S.I. are scammers,the elderly are on S.S. Big difference.

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28 posted on 01/14/2014 4:59:11 PM PST by Mears
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