In the 2008 presidential elections, 96% of African-Americans voted for Obama.
Annalynn Censky reports for CNNMoney.com, September 2, 2011, that yesterday’s Labor Department August jobs report was dismal, showing that the U.S. did not have even one net job gain last month, and the nation’s unemployment rate remains stuck at 9.1%.
Even more dismal is the jobless picture of blacks, surging to 16.7% in August, the highest level since 1984. In contrast, the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%.
Black men have it the worst, with joblessness at a staggeringly high 19.1%, compared to 14.5% for black women.
Black unemployment has now remained above 10% for four straight years, and given the economic sluggishness, some experts say it’s safe to predict the rate will remain above 10% for four more years.