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Race A Factor In Unemployment Rates

November 30, 2009: 03:55 PM EST
Bureau of Labor Statistics show that during the current downturn college-educated black men have fared significantly worse gaining jobs than other demographic groups, with the unemployment rate for black male college graduates 25 and older in 2009 nearly twice that of white male college graduates — 8.4 percent compared with 4.4 percent. Individuals interviewed for this New York Times article were unable to identify the reasons behind this trend, but the author suggests that one factor is the impact of word-of-mouth and informal networks, which can leave blacks at a disadvantage. A July 2009 study published in the journal Social Problems found that white males receive through routine conversations substantially more job leads for high-level supervisory positions than women and members of minorities.
Michael Luo, "In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap ", New York Times, November 30, 2009, © New York Times
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