Skip to comments.Report: Black Teens Hit Hard in Economic Downturn
Posted on 01/24/2014 4:13:30 AM PST by YourAdHere
Black teens were the worst hit by the recent Great Recession in the labor market, the capstone to a decade of plummeting employment rates among young workers, according to a recent report by the Alternative Schools Network.
According to Trends in Teen Employment in Chicago, Illinois and the United States, any gains made by the War on Poverty on the rate of employment among African-American teenagers were erased over the past decade.
Teens and young adults across the United States have encountered extraordinarily severe declines in their employment ratesunmatched by any other age group, the report stated. While the economy appears to be growing at a stronger rate following the Great Recession, youth employment has seen little to no growth.
Nationally, the teen employment rate fell from 36 percent in pre-recession 2006 to just 27 percent in 2012, the lowest employment rate among that group since World War II, the report found.
But according to the most recent jobs report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December the employment rate among teens spiraled even farther, to 20.2 percent.
Among African-American teens, and particularly among those from low-income households earning less than $20,000 annually, the prospects were even more dismal. In 2006, 25 percent of young Blacks were employed, compared to 18 percent in 2012. Across the nation in 2012, only 13 percent of Black teens from low-income households were employed.
Black male teens faced particularly long odds of obtaining a job. For example, in Chicago 92 percent of all Black male teens ages 16 to 19 were jobless in 2012.
Advocacy groups have long argued that high rates of unemployment among teenagers and young adults decrease their future employability and darkens their economic prospects. That trend also feeds high rates of violence and delinquency, all of which limit the socioeconomic development of their communities.
The exclusion of teens from the job market is likely to continue and brings with it bleak economic prospects, limited earnings potential, and significant taxpayer burden for the magnitude of dropouts who are jobless in their youth, the report concluded. Investment must be made to create 2014 summer and year-round employment opportunities for teens and young adults in order to have a substantial effect on the record youth joblessness.
Job creation for teens and young adults has to be an immediate priority, the report found.
But with a black President, I find that hard to believe.
That’s what happens when an affirmative action president gets the job because of his skin color, not his experience, knowledge of business and common sense.
Job skills certainly play a role in this (though the economy is an issue); I see numerous young Hispanics working - they are beating out blacks for these jobs.
Ms Prince decries the results, but not abysmal performance of this government to address the problems. Specifically, she glaringly omits the chief culprit - Barack Hussein Obama!
Her take on the "report" is almost a subtle condemnation of unseen racism that has caused all the trouble. Nowhere is there are recounts of the Obama policies of encouraging increased participation in entitlements: SSDI, SSI, EITC, SNAP, WICs, Section 8 vouchers, et al - ALL OF WHICH ARE UP UNDER OBAMA.
She provides BLS data that show the plight of black unemployment on the one hand as a testament, and yet completely ignores that bureau's other unemployment data inaccuracies due political manipulation.
She can take her "report" and go bark up another tree. No one is listening here in my world.
I wonder if this has to do with perception or reality — or a little bit of both???
Did the news have any weight on how other non-blacks view black teens and their ability to be loyal workers - or did the youths themselves commit job suicide when they applied and interviewed for the job???
It would be interesting to see the break down of these elements...to demonstrate not all are compassionate to thug mentality or street slang — or not having the ability to read and write...but the same can be said for white’s in certain areas of the country as well...
Cities are a hostile environment for the small businessman.
“half black President...
kinda like Harry Potter and the HALF Blood Prince...
Let’s see. The “mainstreaming”of the gangsta lifestyle occurred at almost exactly the same time as this collapse of black youth employment. Who would have thought that massive rates of illiteracy, crime, violence, drug use, etc., might cause employers to look elsewhere?
Whitey’s fault. It must be... Jesse and Al say so.
I’m sure if the Republicans help the Democrats pass Amnesty for illegals that that will help the situation for these young blacks she’s so concerned about.
Elderly white people hit hardest by black teens.
That's okay. They'll just mob and loot a convenience stores in the suburbs to get what they want.
But do they FEEL “hit hard”?
There’s no real problem being unemployed for some people if they don’t experience some privation as a result.
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