Sun Belt Outpaces Rust Belt in Growth in Unemployment for African-Americans

The Economic Policy Institute yesterday an important analysis of unemployment rates at the metro level for African-Americans and Latinos.

From 2009 to 2010, Charlotte had the fifth largest jump in unemployment for African-Americans among the country’s largest metro areas. The 4.2 percentage point jump represents a growing trend in increased economic hardship for communities of color across the Sun Belt according to the analysis.  By comparison, before the Great Recession in 2007, Charlotte ranked 15th among metro areas for the unemployment rate of African-Americans.

As we have written elsewhere, the significant and disproportionate impact of the Great Recession on workers of color is driving greater economic hardship in these communities and requires a targeted policy response.

3 Comments

  1. Jimmy

    October 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Obama’s job-killing machine makes no exceptions ! There is great diversity in his programs.

  2. JeffS

    October 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The number of unemployed workers in Charlotte has nearly doubled since 2007. Of course the unemployment rates (of all races) has increased considerably.

    Why you’ve taken one data point out of an article to make a sweeping generalization is confusing.

    source: http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.nc_charlotte_msa.htm

  3. October2011.org

    October 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    the % employed to working age population ratio is the lowest its been since WWII. Time For Outrage!