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Black Americans made strides in the job market in June, with their unemployment rate reaching its lowest level in seven years.

The black unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, the best showing since a 9.4 percent reading in June 2008.

Despite the improvement, the employment gap by race remains stubbornly wide. The jobless rate for African-Americans is more than twice the rate for whites and has remained in double digits nearly every month since the summer of 2008.

At the same time, unemployment rates improved in June for workers of all educational backgrounds — from those without high school diplomas to college graduates.

The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's monthly jobs report.

Unemployment rate by group:
(Numbers in percentages) June-15 May-15 June-14
White 4.6 4.7 5.3
Black 9.5 10.2 10.7
Asian* 3.8 4.1 4.8
Hispanic or Latino ethnicity** 6.6 6.7 7.6
Adult men 4.8 5 5.7
Adult women 4.8 5 5.3
Teenagers 18.1 17.9 20.7
20-24 years old 9.9 10.1 10.6
25-54 years old 4.4 4.7 5.1
55 and over 3.7 3.7 4.4
Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan* 5.4 5.4 7
No high school diploma 8.2 8.6 9.1
High school graduate 5.4 5.8 5.8
Some college 4.2 4.4 5.1
College graduate 2.5 2.7 3.3
Duration of Unemployment:
Average length (weeks) 28.1 30.7 33.3
Jobless 6 months or more (pct.) 25.8 28.6 32.6
* Not seasonally adjusted
**Includes all races
Source: Labor Department
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 3:47PM
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Mr. Culpepper,

Intelligent Black Americans and I am one of them that realizes Black Americans can only make employment stride in our own Black American country and not in White America’s country of the USA. I thought that you were an intelligent young man, am I wrong or am I right?

Stop your foolishness and stop talking about White America and be concern about Black America since you are a Black American yourself!

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 4:55PM
Harry Watley

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 6:34PM
Jeni Fa
..."The jobless rate for African-Americans is more than twice the rate for whites and has remained in double digits nearly every month since the summer of 2008."...

That's ridiculous!

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 6:35PM
Jeni Fa
Things that "White America" do, affect "Black America" - believe it or not ... so ... why not talk about it?
Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 6:41PM
Reginald Culpepper
This is great information to be aware of, Thanks Brother Culpepper.

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 7:03PM
Deacon Ron Gray
My question is why is this continuing to happen even with today's news that

..."the US added 223,000 jobs in June, ... The unemployment rate fell to 5.3%, a bit lower than economists' expectations. Unemployment is now back at levels last seen before the financial crisis."...


Thursday, July 2nd 2015 at 8:33PM
Jeni Fa
Mr. Culpepper,

Since you feel and you are right in your feelings that what White America does affect Black Americans then your strategy and desire my son should be to have your own like White America! By having your own country, prophet and religion my boy you will not find yourself having to talk about White America.

I want you to stop talking about White America and begin to think and talk about Black Americans! You have a slave type mentality. I want you out of it, Mr. Culpepper!

Friday, July 3rd 2015 at 1:17AM
Harry Watley
Harry, it looks like your country's unemployment rate stands at 100%.
Friday, July 3rd 2015 at 6:41AM
Steve Williams
Laughing Out Loud... 100%
Friday, July 3rd 2015 at 7:56AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Mr. Williams,

I am not your prophet. I don't have a fight with you, why do you have a fight with me? I am the deacon's prophet since the deacon and I are the same race. Mr. Gray is a very STUPID man.
My concern is to Mr. Culpepper’s way of thinking! Mr. Culpepper thinking is un-analytical and his reasoning is irrational.

To have to talk about White people because everything they do affect us Black Americans, but everything Black Americans do does not effect White Americans means that Black Americans are not playing on a level playing field. Black Americans are at a disadvantage!
But, the knucklehead Mr. Culpepper would rather stay talking to White people because he thinks we have no other choice instead of desiring to be free spiritually and physically in a country of our own!

Saturday, July 4th 2015 at 3:53PM
Harry Watley
Harry, doesn't God ask to see progress reports every now and again? A State of the Union so to speak?
Saturday, July 4th 2015 at 6:58PM
Steve Williams

Saturday, July 4th 2015 at 8:28PM
Jeni Fa
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