America’s Black unemployment gap continued to widen to almost a full percent in one month to 14.4 percent, according to a recent report by the United States Department of Labor.
The rate was up to 14.4 percent from 13.6 percent, according to the department. This is the second straightmonth the rate has increased.
In May, the rate inched up from 13.6 percent from 13 percent in April, despite a report that many have stopped looking for jobs.
In April, the unemployment rate declined a full percentage point to 13 percent from 14 percent in March, which was a record low for President Obama. The March rate was down from the February rate of 14.1 percent, which was up from 13.6 in January. December’s rate was 15.8 percent.
The April rate had been the lowest the unemployment rate has been for Black Americans since Obama came into office. Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black man the hold the Presidential office, last year asked Blacks what he could do to bring down the escalating rate. When Obama came into office, he had said that he would not do any targeted programs to Blacks.
Meanwhile, White unemployment was flat at 7.4 percent and overall national unemployment was flat at 8.2 percent, according to the department. There are 12.7 million people out of work.