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Urban League: Black middle class losing ground

Published: Wed, July 27, 2011 @ 12:30 p.m.

BOSTON (AP) — A new study by the National Urban League Policy Institute says the economic downturn has erased the gains made by the black middle class over the last 30 years.

The study released today says that the unemployment rate for blacks with a four-year college degree has tripled from 1992 and that overall black unemployment levels are nearing 1982 levels when it was close to 20 percent.

The report, released just as the National Urban League begins its annual conference in Boston, mirrors similar studies by the Economic Policy Institute and the Pew Research Center that says the economic meltdown in recent years has hit black households hard.

The National Urban League Policy Institute used U.S. Census and U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics for the study.


1TheLostPatrol(755 comments)posted 3 years ago

And what about the remaining 88% of ethnic backgrounds that makes up our USA ?

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2jfgiancola(155 comments)posted 3 years ago

Hey dodge2002, did you read the article? Part of it states that the rate of unemployment for those with 4 year college degrees has tripled. How is going to college not helping yourself? Times are tough and many educated people are looking for work. Maybe you need to get a grip and get out of dodge!

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3ThewayIseeit(31 comments)posted 3 years ago

Dodge2002, That was a dumb statement. Read the article again. "The study released today says that the unemployment rate for blacks with a four-year college degree has tripled from 1992......" Why is it that you feel black people are not trying to help them selves? A four year degree is a sign of persons will to do better, no matter what color they are. And in your racist eyes, America is in the state its in because of Obama..... FYI, our President (yours and mine) is not just a "Brother"(By the way Black people don't like this term any more.....)

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4DwightK(1236 comments)posted 3 years ago

The recession started under Bush so having a discussion about how it is Obama's fault unemployment is high in the black community is as useful as chewing bubblegum to solve an algebra equation.

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5FrontRowJoe(8 comments)posted 3 years ago

Urban league call the white house tell Obama to share the wealth and see if hes willing to give you a buck out of his pocket instead of the people who create jobs and build businesses to improve economies. Why doesn't the urban league conduct a study on the amount of fraud in govt. assistance programs?

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6jimjim(5 comments)posted 3 years ago

Obama has put us in a deeper hole and spent more money doing it than all the Bush years. You libs are unbelievable.

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7whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years ago

because of all the interacial children born,

the minority in this country is


are you tired of being oppressed.

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8TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years ago

A four year degree in art, general studies, creative writing, or general business isn't worth much. Those are a few for a start.
If you are going to put yourself in that kind of debt you better major in something that will assure you skills to get a job with livable wages.

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9whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years ago

lol carlstaatz

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10UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years ago

The White Middle Class is right there with you Black Middle Class!

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11ThewayIseeit(31 comments)posted 3 years ago

FrontrowJoe, I wish they would conduct a study on the amount of fraud in govt. assistance programs.... I think it my be some vindication for the "Brothers" I could be wrong but it seems as if you are insinuating that Black people are the only ones who are committing fraud. When in fact, its more caucasian people on the system then any other race.....



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