"Examining the Disproportionately High Rate of Unemployment and Economic Displacement Amongst Young, Urban and Minority Males."


According to reports, the unemployment rate for African-Americans ages 18-29 rose to 22% earlier this year; and a major challenge that young adults of color face — particularly men of color — is a lack of the necessary jobs training (and preparation skills) that will help them land viable employment; which is often even true even amongst Black male college graduates.  Furthermore, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.3 percent), adult women (7.3 percent), teenagers (23.4 percent), whites (7.0 percent), blacks (13.8 percent), and Latinos (9.7 percent) showed little or no change in this year, which statistically demonstrates the reality of long-term economic displacement within minority communities.  According to a report conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in June of this year, the unemployment rate amongst African American men ages 20 and over (13.5%), African Americans age 16-19 (42.6%), and total unemployment (13.5) is disproportionately higher than that of the national averages among men age 20 and over (7.2%), total unemployed ages 16-19 (24.5), and overall national unemployment (7.6%).  Our program aims to partner the tremendous talent of our youth with the kinds of training, choose the right essay writing uk company networking, and resource opportunities commensurate with their skills and interests, through a combination of workshops, symposiums, social engagement programs. | (additional references: ii)

Generation Opportunity, a non-partisan organization advocating for Millennial ages 18-29, examines the January jobs numbers respective to urban youth (the data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year old):

The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for Quarter-1 of 2013 was 13.1 percent (NSA).  The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for January 2013 was 22.1 percent (NSA); the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for January 2013 was 13.0 percent (NSA); and the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old women for January 2013 was 11.6 percent (NSA).  Thus, African American youth are disproportionately the most unemployed millennial group; nearly doubling the statistical range of all other groups.

The declining labor participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.  Thus, if the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.2 percent (NSA). | (additional references: i)



According to research conducted by the NAACP (and later published as part of its 2010 Criminal Just “Fact Sheet”), African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, which is nearly six times the rate of non-minorities.  Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population.  According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%.  One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime.  Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).


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