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2 Dec 2012

thepeoplesrecord:

Work disappearing for black males in urban AmericaSeptember 10, 2012
During the past four decades, the job market for working age African American males has fundamentally collapsed in urban America.
That’s the conclusion of a recent study by Dr. Marc Levine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He looked at “employment rates” in forty of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas based on every Census taken from 1970 to 2010.
The results are shared in “Race and Male Employment in Wake of the Great Recession: Black Male Employment Rates in Milwaukee and the Nation’s Largest Metro Areas 2010“. The findings are stunning and should be a wake-up call to the entire nation, particularly community activists, policymakers, media and the Black community.
Black male employment is a crisis with no solutions on the table and faint discussion of the problem. Levine finds that in five of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than half of the working-age Black males held jobs. The US Census defines “working age” as 16-64, and “prime working years” as 25-54. In Milwaukee, the Black male employment rate in 2010 (latest year available) was over 20 points lower than the Hispanic male rate and 32.7 percentage points lower than that of white males.
The official unemployment rate only includes those who “do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks, and are currently available for work“. This narrow definition ignores discouraged workers and those “marginally attached” to the labor market.Why does Levine, look at employment rates, instead of the more commonly reportedunemployment rates? Today many economic experts agree that the “unemployment rate statistic” is “seriously flawed and often misleading” in gauging labor market performance.
It also removes the tens of thousands of Black men sitting in U.S. jails — since they are “not available”. Adds David Leonhardt ofThe New York Times, “It’s simply no longer the best barometer of the country’s economic health.”
Instead, the “employment-population” ratio, better known as the “employment rate” provides a truer picture. It really provides a better indicator of the extent to which the working age population in a community is actually working.
Here are some insights from the report:
In 2010, in only two of the largest forty metro areas (Washington, D.C. and Dallas) was the Black male employment rate higher than 60 percent.
In only two of the largest forty metro areas, (Portland and Detroit) was the employment rate for white males lower than 70 percent. So while Black men cannot exceed 60 percent actually working, a minimum of 70 percent of white men are actually working — in the forty largest metros in America.
By 2009 even though working-age Black males outnumbered Hispanic males by 55% in Milwaukee, there were more Hispanic male production workers (7,200) than Black male production workers (4,842) in the region.
The top-ranked Black male employment rate in Washington, DC was lower than even the lowest white male employment rate in any of the forty large metropolitan areas examined in the study.
The study points to some policies that should be considered to counter the findings including:
Public job creation and leveraging
Enhanced training and job placement
Drug policy reform and public health policy
Enhanced procurement by large businesses and large public and non-profit institutions from inner-city enterprises
Strategies to better integrate the inner-city economy into the regional economy
So while the nation moves into a debate around which party is going to do the best for “all of America” — where is the conversation regarding  the disappearance of work for Black men? 

thepeoplesrecord:

Work disappearing for black males in urban America
September 10, 2012

During the past four decades, the job market for working age African American males has fundamentally collapsed in urban America.

That’s the conclusion of a recent study by Dr. Marc Levine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He looked at “employment rates” in forty of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas based on every Census taken from 1970 to 2010.

The results are shared in “Race and Male Employment in Wake of the Great Recession: Black Male Employment Rates in Milwaukee and the Nation’s Largest Metro Areas 2010“. The findings are stunning and should be a wake-up call to the entire nation, particularly community activists, policymakers, media and the Black community.

Black male employment is a crisis with no solutions on the table and faint discussion of the problem. Levine finds that in five of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than half of the working-age Black males held jobs. The US Census defines “working age” as 16-64, and “prime working years” as 25-54. In Milwaukee, the Black male employment rate in 2010 (latest year available) was over 20 points lower than the Hispanic male rate and 32.7 percentage points lower than that of white males.

The official unemployment rate only includes those who “do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks, and are currently available for work“. This narrow definition ignores discouraged workers and those “marginally attached” to the labor market.Why does Levine, look at employment rates, instead of the more commonly reportedunemployment rates? Today many economic experts agree that the “unemployment rate statistic” is “seriously flawed and often misleading” in gauging labor market performance.

It also removes the tens of thousands of Black men sitting in U.S. jails — since they are “not available”. Adds David Leonhardt ofThe New York Times“It’s simply no longer the best barometer of the country’s economic health.”

Instead, the “employment-population” ratio, better known as the “employment rate” provides a truer picture. It really provides a better indicator of the extent to which the working age population in a community is actually working.

Here are some insights from the report:

  • In 2010, in only two of the largest forty metro areas (Washington, D.C. and Dallas) was the Black male employment rate higher than 60 percent.
  • In only two of the largest forty metro areas, (Portland and Detroit) was the employment rate for white males lower than 70 percent. So while Black men cannot exceed 60 percent actually working, a minimum of 70 percent of white men are actually working — in the forty largest metros in America.
  • By 2009 even though working-age Black males outnumbered Hispanic males by 55% in Milwaukee, there were more Hispanic male production workers (7,200) than Black male production workers (4,842) in the region.
  • The top-ranked Black male employment rate in Washington, DC was lower than even the lowest white male employment rate in any of the forty large metropolitan areas examined in the study.

The study points to some policies that should be considered to counter the findings including:

  • Public job creation and leveraging
  • Enhanced training and job placement
  • Drug policy reform and public health policy
  • Enhanced procurement by large businesses and large public and non-profit institutions from inner-city enterprises
  • Strategies to better integrate the inner-city economy into the regional economy

So while the nation moves into a debate around which party is going to do the best for “all of America” — where is the conversation regarding  the disappearance of work for Black men? 

27 Oct 2012

eastafrodite:

oumkalthoum:

This is a serious post so I ask that everyone take the time to read and reblog I would appreciate it very much.

On Tuesday, October 23rd, an Eritrean woman named Nighisti Mehari Semret was murdered in Toronto, Canada. At about 7 a.m she was stalked and stabbed to death by a white male as she walked east through the laneway from Bleecker St. toward Ontario St. The attack took place just 100 metres shy of her home in Cabbagetown.

Her murderer has yet to be caught.

A security camera captured both of their images shown below. Nighisti is seen holding an umbrella in the top two shots, while her murderer is just a few steps behind her. The same footage is shown on video above. Take a good look, try and remember his posture and style of walking.

He is a white male, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-2, 150 to 200 pounds with a medium build. Police believe he “lives, frequents and is known to the Cabbagetown and Regent Park area”.

He was wearing a dark, long coat with buttons and a white scarf or garment around his neck, along with a dark hat, pants and shoes.

Officers at 51 Division set up a community vehicle near the scene of the crime, where anyone with information could speak with investigators. If you recognize this man on the street please call the Toronto Police Service @ 416-808-2222. You can also call in anonymously @ 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. My inbox is always open also. Thank you.

aw, mishkineyti haftina!

(Source: onedirectionfacingmecca)