State Of Black America Still Dim Despite Recovery


National_Urban_League.jpgBy Christina Downs
( — Economists say the recession is over. Recent national job reports illustrate an upward climb to recovery. Yet these accomplishments have not effectively reached the urban communities of color — neither Black nor Hispanic. This is according to the National Urban League’s 2011 State of Black America recently released. To combat this painful State of Black America in 2011, the NUL has declared a war on unemployment.

“With overall unemployment now at 8.9 percent and 13.7 million people still out of work … the recovery has yet to make a significant visit to communities of color,” said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League.

Since 1987 the NUL has published its comprehensive publication, “The State of Black America,” to address what members, analysts and specialists see as the major issue affecting urban America for that year. Not much has changed. Last year it was “Responding to the Jobs Crisis.” This year, the issue is  still “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

The report, which is published in hard copy book form for sale and provided for free online, illustrates a devastated urban America. Black unemployment is at 15.5 percent as of the March jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Of those 13.7 million unemployed Americans, 8 percent are White and 12 percent are Latino, according to the report. In addition, the report predicts a job loss count of 500,000 to 800,000 due to a proposed $61 billion cut in the federal budget.

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