Unemployment Stats not Falling Fast Enough for All Job Seekers

Get Hired Fast - unemployment statsThe nation’s unemployment stats have become more positive. The unemployment rate in October was 7.9 percent, an improvement from the days when the rate hovered near 10 percent. But not all groups of job seekers are seeing the same employment gains.

African-Americans in particular are seeing distressingly high unemployment stats, according to a recent story by the Washington Post.

Job Struggles

According to the Post, the national unemployment rate for African-American job seekers soared to a high of 16.5 percent in early 2010. In October, that rate had fallen, but not by nearly enough. It stood at 14.3 percent last month according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

This high African-American unemployment rate has become an important issue, with high-ranking African-American politicians and activists calling for Pres. Barack Obama to take steps to lower this unemployment rate.

A Serious Challenge

African-American political leaders told the Washington Post that the high unemployment rate among those African-Americans trying to find a job made them worry that black voters would not turn out at the polls in force on election day.

Of course, that didn’t happen. African-American voters helped propel Pres. Barack Obama to a second term.

Now African-American leaders are calling on the government to take steps to help African-Americans find work.

Job Creation

Of course, African-American leaders are not alone in hoping for lower unemployment rates in Obama’s second term. Congressional leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties are now pushing for a comprehensive jobs program that, as the Post story says, emphasizes improvements to the country’s aging infrastructure, public works jobs, broadband technology, and energy.

Those who have been trying to find a career in today’s still-challenging economy know how difficult it is for anyone to find work. After all, even with the national unemployment rate at its lowest point since Obama took office, there are still millions of U.S. residents out of work.

And when you add in the number of people who have decided to simply drop out of the job search game? The unemployment numbers look even more daunting.

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