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Black Women Finally Get Single Digit Unemployment Rate

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black women unemploymentBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

A new unemployment report shows that while minorities continue to experience the hardest impact of the Great Recession, black women have done better than men in bouncing back.

The labor department announced that the unemployment rate for black women over the age of 20 fell below 10 percent for the first time in five years far outpacing the rate of black men.

“In March 2009, the unemployment rate for black men 20 years and over was 15.4 percent. According to the latest jobs report, the jobless rate for black men is 12.9 percent, the same rate recorded in February 2013,” reported.

Whites continue to fair far better than minorities overall, according to the data.

The unemployment rate for white males 20 and older is now down to 5.5 percent.  White women are at 5.1 percent as of February, the labor department announced.

“The February report is an accurate indication of where the economy is now,” said Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute. “We are in a recovery. Things are moving in the right direction, but they are moving very slowly and until we are able to increase demand to a point where employers start hiring again, we are going to continue to see these slow job reports.”

More than two million Americans – with more being added to their number each month — have been cut off from all unemployment benefits, which expired on Dec. 28, 2013. Congress has stalled for months trying to pass legislation to extend the benefits.

Earlier this week, led by five Republican senators, the Senate reached the framework for a bipartisan deal that would retroactively extend jobless benefits for five months. But the Senate is on recess next week so any vote will have to wait until the end of March.

If approved by the Senate, the Republican –controlled house would have to then pass the deal for jobless benefits to be restored.

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at


  1. Sargento

    March 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    What is the rate of unemployment 9.99999999999999%, that is still ten. Author of article, I want to see the number not the tale.

  2. Merry B

    March 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Most African American women would be skilled and employed if their African ancestors brought against their will to America brutally beat and whipped stripped nake fondled like cattle violently forced to relinquish their black African identity and terrorized to slave without equal pay. Presently, single digits unemployment rates indicate the mighty powerful determination of Black women to just say no to oppressive tactics in a white majority corporate controlled businesses that black women are about instead of a hand out first equal employment.

  3. LT

    April 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Melanated people are not “minorities”. Stop using this term and referring to yourself as a “minor”. This is an inaccurate label and it is clear that caucasian people are the minorities on the planet. This is a fact and they know it too. The only factors pushing their numbers into the majority is considering hispanics to be caucasian and pushing the interracial agenda. WAKE UP. By the way, it does not matter who has the larger numbers, but it does matter when they continue to try anything and everything to make melanated people inferior to them.

  4. Mana

    April 6, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    The article is very current for what we live, and life is getting harder.

    I have made a way to have a real job at home,
    without cheating, maybe it will help someone:

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