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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 03:19 PM

 

The public sector is the most important source of employment for black Americans (2011)

Last month's disturbingly high black unemployment rate is evidence that African Americans have been disproportionately affected by the shrinking public-sector.

The public sector is the most important source of employment for African Americans and a key source of high-paying jobs, especially for black women, according to a study by the U.C. Berkeley Department of Labor. African Americans are 30% more likely to hold government jobs than other workers; from 2008-2010, 21.2% of black workers were employed in the public sector, compared to just 16.3% of non-black workers.

The numbers explain why African Americans have been hit so much harder by government budget cuts and layoffs than their non-white counterparts....

At the same time, the public sector continues to eliminate jobs, including 17,000 in August alone. Overall, government employment has dropped by roughly 600,000 since 2008.

The ongoing contraction of state and local governments suggests that the black unemployment trends aren't likely to reverse any time soon.

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-09-02/politics/30127053_1_unemployment-rate-black-women-black-workers#ixzz23vXcfIxL

Edited to clarify article is 9/11.

Black unemployment = 14.4% in June. 1/5 of employed black americans work in the public sector, which is being deliberately decimated.





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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 03:39 PM

1. African Americans are 12 percent to 13 percent of the U.S. population but hold 18 percent of all

 

federal jobs, for example:

25 percent of the employees at Treasury and Veterans Affairs,
31 percent of State Department employees,
37 percent of the Department of Education,
38 percent of Housing and Urban Development,
42 percent of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.,
55 percent of the Government Printing Office, and
82 percent of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

Agree with the OP that cuts in government will probably have a disproportionate impact on the African-American community.

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Response to jody (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 03:47 PM

2. where did you get those figures? If that's the case (& if there's a similar % in e.g. big-city

 

government jobs), it looks like the public sector has been instrumental in keeping the black employment/wages picture from resembling selma circa 1955.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 06:45 PM

5. Data is old but current data at Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP) Report

 

http://www.opm.gov/About_OPM/reports/feorp/2011/feorp2011.pdf

See page 17 for table "BLACKS EQUALED OR EXCEEDED THEIR RELEVANT CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE REPRESENTATION IN 17 OF 18 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS "

Edited to add: See page 19 for table "BLACKS EQUALED OR EXCEEDED THEIR RELEVANT CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE REPRESENTATION IN ALL 24 INDEPENDENT AGENCIES"

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Response to jody (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 08:52 PM

6. thanks. that is very interesting, as it seems to potentially call into question my beliefs about

 

the extent to which things have actually changed in US society since the civil rights movement.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 05:48 PM

3. THIS is why the RW wants to eliminate so many government jobs.

They want blacks starving in the streets again.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 06:03 PM

4. And of course that would lead to

(in their minds) blacks "blaming Obama" so that "he won't get their vote".

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