What you need to know about the state of urban jobs!

(National Urban League)


NUL’s State of Urban Jobs site at iamempowered.com gives you everything you need to know about jobs including the monthly employment report with stats for Blacks, Whites and Latinos, the National Urban League’s position on employment and job creation policy, the facts about how investing in job creation is the best strategy for reducing the deficit, as well as resume writing tips and job listings. Click here to view and stay abreast of the latest developments.
Join Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson today, July 8, 2011 from 2:00pm-3:00pm ET for a live online web chat about the June 2011 Employment report on IAmEmpowered.com.
Highlights of the June 2011 Employment Report:
Job growth continued to wane in June as the economy gained only 18,000 jobs in June while private sector employment (excludes government losses) increased by 57,000, signaling trouble for an already tepid economic recovery.  The number of unemployed people in June increased slightly to 14.1 million, as the labor force participation rate was little changed at 64.1%.

Private sector job growth was concentrated in leisure & hospitality (+34,000), followed by professional & business services (+12,000).  There was no change in the education & health industry as job gains in health care were totally offset by job losses in education.  Most losses were concentrated in government (-39,000), with state and local governments alone shedding 25,000 jobs in June.  Modest job losses were also seen in financial activities (-15,000) and construction (-9,000).
The unemployment rate was essentially unchanged – now 9.2% (from 9.1% in May).  The black unemployment rate was unchanged at 16.2% – the unemployment rate for black men was down to 17.0% (from 17.5%); for black women, it increased to 13.8% (from 13.4%). The unemployment rate for whites remained essentially unchanged at 8.1% (from 8.0%) while the Hispanic rate fell slightly to 11.6% (from 11.9%).  Rates of teen unemployment were 21.8% for whites (from 20.7%), 39.9% for African-Americans (from 40.7%) and 35.4% for Latinos (from 26.1%). The rate of underemployment (including the unemployed, marginally attached and those working part-time for economic reasons) increased to 16.2% (from 15.8%).  The ranks of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) increased to 6.3 million (from 6.2 million) or 44.4% of all unemployed.  
The June 2011 Employment report is available at the State of Urban Jobs website along with NULPI’s latest report, “A Long Road Back to Work: Realities of Unemployment since the Great Recession”.  Also, available from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), the June 2011 edition of its state-by-state snapshots which detail each individual state’s economic progress for the previous month.  For more information on state and regional unemployment statistics for May 2011 (latest available), click here.  For more information on metropolitan area unemployment statistics for May 2011 (latest available), click here.