By: Paishance Welch Dec 6th 2014
Even though 321,000 jobs were given in the month of November 2014, the unemployment rate for African Americans continues to increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, African American unemployment rates are higher than any other ethnic racial group.
In November 2014, white’s unemployment rate stood at 4.6. Asian’s unemployment rate was 4.8., and African Americans unemployment rate was 11.2.
When it comes to the matter of jobs and employment, the first thing that comes to mind is income, bills, food, clothes, shelter etc… Only in America are there more homes labeled vacant, than there are homeless people. In today’s society a high school diploma will only get you so far. Jobs and various places of employment are looking for college degrees. They want higher education. They want knowledge. But what do we do when our youth are no longer interested in learning? What do we do when our high schools become a place for fashion, conversation, and making friends? When does education begin to become a necessity, like food and water, for our young adults in line to graduate?
In a meeting with St. Louis County council, 11-year-old Marquis Gavin spoke on unemployment in Ferguson, Missouri. “I would just like to say, that the people of Ferguson don’t need to tear gas thrown at them. I believe they need jobs…” City Council, Hazel Earby shared her thoughts on Marquis Gavin’s speech. “I thought he was right on, he’s exactly right. Jobs, education had everything to do with what happened in Ferguson.” Citizens tend to point their fingers towards the people that ‘hire & fire.” But here’s something to think about, the problem begins where the family begins… at home..
Once that comes to realization it will make all the difference in the world.