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Closing the Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment Through Education

While the Great Recession continues to have ripple effects on our entire generation, young African Americans face unemployment rates that are twice that of their white peers. Closing the Race Gap takes an unprecedented look at the driving forces behind racial disparities in the job market, and how higher education can help fight joblessness.

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Closing the Race Gap

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commented 2015-07-30 09:39:58 -0400
What a load of crap. Do you actually believe what is written here?
commented 2015-07-02 07:54:33 -0400
I share the sentiments of TamZ. I am a black male who graduated summa cum laude with a BS in BioSciences, cum laude with an MBA in Marketing, post-graduate diploma in Finance and a certificate in Project Management, and I know there are less qualified candidates being hired for positions I have applied for. I am stuck with low-paying jobs (under employed) , a huge student loan, and buyer’s remorse; the significant education investment (time and money) has not paid off for me thus far. Now, I am going back to school to pursue a Masters in Public Health….talk about a sucker for punishment. Maybe I’m better off getting my plumbing license. SMH
commented 2014-11-09 13:06:31 -0500
Unfortunately the education thing is not entirely true. I am an African American woman who has graduated from elementary school as salutatorian, high school in the top 10 of my class, and from college with honors. I have a BFA and I still cannot find someone to hirer me. I have sent out literally hundreds of applications and have been passed over for interviews with over half of those applications. This unemployment gap is a lot more discriminative than just not having the “right” education.