In the Great Recession, unemployment has not hit all demographic groups equally. Youth, African-Americans and Latinos are all experiencing higher rates of unemployment than older, white Americans. Workers with less education have higher unemployment than those with more. Men have been hit harder than women. Different parts of the country have experienced wildly varying rates of job losses.
In its recent State of Black America report, the National Urban League argues that the next jobs bill should more precisely target those groups experiencing the greatest unemployment. Read the report here or watch a webcast from its release. From the report:
With black unemployment numbers nearly double that of whites, the National Urban League's State of Black America report shows that the ravages of the recession are impacting minorities much worse than the rest of the nation. The solution to this crisis is getting jobs to people in these communities and the Urban League is encouraging the nation's leaders to act swiftly and support a $168 billion plan it has to generate jobs to make sure no one is left behind or left out of economic recovery efforts.
Their six-point Plan for Putting Americans Back to Work includes proposals to fund direct job creation, create "green empowerment zones" in areas where at least 50 percent of the population has an unemployment rate higher than the state average, and investing $500 million in housing counseling agencies nationwide to help delinquent borrowers secure more affordable mortgages.
After the release of the NUL's report, several African-American leaders discussed the issue on CNN. Watch below.
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Readers, what do you think? Should the next jobs bill target those in greatest need? What is the best way to do that?