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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
The recent jobs data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was not necessarily a boost for the Obama Administration. Black unemployment remained steady at 14.1 percent this month. The number is not as high as the 16.7 percent mark from one year ago today, but is still more than twice as high as the unemployment rate for both white men and white women.
Black men saw their unemployment rate drop from 14.8 percent to 14.3 percent. With the drop, African American males still have the highest unemployment rate among any gender/racial group in the country. Some see the decline as a sign of relief, but the rate is very high compared to the unemployment rate for white men, which stands at 6.9 percent.