Blacks More Likely to be Unemployed in Britain Than U.S.
Unemployment amongst black men much higher in Britain than in U.S
A new study revealed at the British Sociological Association's annual conference detailed how black British men were more likely to be jobless than black American men.
Yaojun Li, professor of sociology at Manchester University, said how during the last three recessions, unemployment among black British men was up to 19 percentage points higher than black men in America.
Black women in Britain were also worse off.
Their unemployment rate was 25, 26 and 17 percent during the last three recessions in Britain. U.S. black female unemployment was 20, 12 and 13 percent during the last 3 recessions. Overall, one in 12 black Brits are unemployed in comparison to one in 16 black Americans.
Li pointed out that the lack of an affirmative action program in Britain has really hurt the black population even more.
"These programs have really helped reduce the unemployment rate among black people there in America," Li said.
A recent article in the Guardian talked about the looming crisis in jobless black youth. Almost one in two young blacks in Britain are unemployed.
"You have to discount those that are economically inactive, including those in education. The student population is very high. Once you just looked at those who are unemployed, then you see that young black unemployment runs at about 50%."
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