Some have stated that racial segregation in U.S. neighborhoods has declined over the last few decades, even though it is still very high, especially when looking at Chicago’s Southside neighborhood and Washington D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood.
The tenure of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been one of controversy, especially stemming from the stalemate he’s involved in with the state legislature that’s put multiple colleges and universities in financial distress. To add to that, the Chicago Reporter has declared that Illinois now has the highest unemployment rate in the United States.
While unemployment has steadily gotten lower throughout the nation, Illinois’ has only gone up since Rauner’s been in his position. Before the Republican governor took office, the state was in the “middle of the pack.”
While just about every other group has seen a decline in unemployment, black women get no reprieve when it comes to finding work.
According to a report released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a college degree has very little impact on the racial employment gap.
The study, A College Degree is No Guarantee, shows that in 2013, 12.4 percent of black college students who earned their diplomas between the ages of 22 and 27 were jobless.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has reached a deal to extend federal benefits to the chronically unemployed for an additional five months.
One negotiator referred to the conclusion as a “bipartisan breakthrough.”
The unemployment rate for Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 who have only a high school diploma grew by 4.3 percent in 2013, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Unemployment for those in that age group for those who have a college degree rose 1.5 percent and as a result, more college educated people are taking low wage jobs.
Black youth who report experiencing frequent incidents of discrimination during adolescence are at a greater risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke in later years.
The findings come at the conclusion of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Emory University.
In tomorrow’s annual State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to outline details of an economic strategy to help those struggling with long-term unemployment.
Alarming figures about the state of our economy in regards to teenagers have been released. In Chicago, ninety-two percent of African American male teenagers are unemployed. Overall, eighty-three percent of black male teens in the country are without a job.