"REBUILDING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THROUGH STRATEGIC ALIGNMENTS!"

(PRE-CONFERENCE RESEARCH ASSESSMENT)

The disproportionately high rates of unemployment amongst young minority men:
According to reports, the unemployment rate for African-Americans 18-29 was 22% earlier this year, and a major challenge young adults of color face — especially men — is a lack of the necessary job (preparation) skills that will help them land viable employment… and this is often even true among Black male college graduates.¹  Furthermore, among the major worker groups, 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 January.²


Generation Opportunity, a non-partisan organization advocating for Millennial ages 18-29, breaks down January jobs numbers for millennial.  The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds:

— The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for January 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).

— 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).¹

In 2012, the unemployment rate among black men (17.7 percent), black women (13.8 percent), and Hispanic women (11.4 percent) were also much higher than the North Carolina state average. In addition, the law restricts eligibility by, for example, disqualifying workers from benefits if they have to leave a job for health reasons or because of undue family hardship – a change that will particularly impact women.²


Incarceration Amongst Minority Males:
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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