It’s sad that it was only last month when the media was claiming that the national jobless rate had “plummeted,” while the Black unemployment rate hadn’t dropped. Today, October’s job report was released, and while the national rate (7.9 percent) and all other groups remained about the same, Black unemployment actually increased by about one percent, from 13.4 percent in September to 14.3 percent in October:
Both the unemployment rate (7.9 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (12.3
million) were essentially unchanged in October, following declines in September.
(See table A-1.)
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for blacks increased to 14.3
percent in October, while the rates for adult men (7.3 percent), adult women (7.2
percent), teenagers (23.7 percent), whites (7.0 percent), and Hispanics (10.0 percent)
showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.9 percent in October
(not seasonally adjusted), down from 7.3 percent a year earlier. (See tables A-1,
A-2, and A-3.)
Black unemployment is skyrocketing, but there is still no comment from the Obama Administration. All the government and media says is that things are getting better (or about the same if they’re being a little more honest that day), but for Blacks things are actually getting worse. Is that not worth at least a comment or some form of acknowledgement?
So we have to ask the question… Who actually cares about the chronically high Black unemployment rate? Who cares about the condition of Blacks and poor people in this country? We can all safely conclude that the politicians and high profile pundits that we allow to speak for us–the ones who want us to “have their backs”–continue to make personal gains while stepping on the throats of those whom they give lip-service to caring about. What a shame!
It’s not all the fault of the people who are taking advantage. We all have a responsibility to pay attention to what’s happening and act accordingly. Rarely does this happen though. Instead, we continue to still cheer on and champion people who have no commitment to us–people who are not concerned with our issues. We accept being ignored, and that’s probably the most tragic part of it all.