Politics: Unemployment jumps for women and African Americans
Published by: Robert Laurie on Friday January 4th, 2013
By ROBERT LAURIE - You get what you vote for....
Women and minorities. If the post-election breakdown is to be believed, that's who put Obama back in office. African-Americans and females refused to vote for Romney, so the status quo was maintained.
Surely, with the election turning out exactly as they hoped, they're thrilled with today's job numbers.
According to the new data, the overall unemployment rate stayed at 7.8 in December, but jobless numbers for African-Americans and women jumped sharply.
Female unemployment went from 7% to 7.3% while African-American unemployment skyrocketed almost a full point - from 13.2% in November to 14% today.
The news is even worse for young people, aged 18-29. Their overall unemployment rate swelled to 11.5%, while young African-American unemployment is positively staggering at 22.1%
Interestingly, December usually features a large number of temporary jobs connected with the holidays, and they tend to most heavily benefit the aforementioned groups. The fact that African-Americans actually saw a decrease in overall employment (from 16 million to 15.8 million) during the fiscal year's busiest season is deeply troubling.
Unless, of course, you voted for the President because you like things this way. In that case, there's nothing to see here.