What You Need to Know About the State of Urban Jobs!

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(Reprint From the National Urban League’s Monthly Employment Report 2011)

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, May 6, 2011 from 2:00pm-3:00pm ET for a live online web chat about the April 2011 Employment report and The State of Black America 2011, Jobs Rebuild America: Putting Urban America Back to Work on IAmEmpowered.com

Highlights of the April 2011 Employment Report:

The unemployment rate moved up slightly – now 9.0% (from 8.8% in March).  The black unemployment rate increased to 16.1% (from 15.5%) – the unemployment rate for black men was up to 17.0% (from 16.8%); for black women, up to 13.4% (from 12.5%). The unemployment rate for whites was 8.0% (from 7.9%) while the Hispanic rate was 11.8% (from 11.3%).  Rates of teen unemployment were 22.3% for whites (from 21.6%), 41.6% for African-Americans (from 42.1%) and 23.4% for Latinos (from 31.9%). The rate of underemployment (including the unemployed, marginally attached and those working part-time for economic reasons) was 15.9% (from 15.7%).

The ranks of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) remains elevated – now at 5.8 million (from 6.1 million) or 43.4% of all unemployed.

The April 2011 Employment report is available at the State of Urban Jobs website.  For more information on state and regional unemployment statistics for March 2011 (latest available), click here.  For more information on metropolitan area unemployment statistics for March 2011 (latest available), click here.  Also, available from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), the March 2011 edition of its state-by-state snapshots which detail each individual state’s economic progress for the previous month.

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