Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap

That race remains a serious obstacle in the job market for African-Americans, even those with degrees from respected colleges, may seem to some people a jarring contrast to decades of progress by blacks, culminating in President Obama’s election.

But there is ample evidence that racial inequities remain when it comes to employment. Black joblessness has long far outstripped that of whites. And strikingly, the disparity for the first 10 months of this year, as the recession has dragged on, has been even more pronounced for those with college degrees, compared with those without. Education, it seems, does not level the playing field — in fact, it appears to have made it more uneven.

I feel that in a recession job market a really bad Stereotype prevails. White men need a job more then anyone else because they have a stay at home wife, 2.4 kids, and a mortgage. This stereotype doesn't take account of the new family. Seniors returning to work. Single mothers. Those just starting their careers. I think in recession all jobs are hard to come bye and it because a who you know job market.

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