ATLANTA, July 8
2011, 10 a.m.
- Black unemployment today continued
to hover at a near record high of 16.2 percent, according to a
recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The rate is near the highest
rate recorded for blacks during President Obama's tenure, according
to department. The highest rate, since Obama took office, was 16.5
percent in March and April of 2010.
unemployment rate for June was 16.2 percent, the same as the May
rate. The May rate was up from April's 16.1 percent, which was the
largest increase since November's 16 percent.
On Thursday, members of the Congressional Black
Caucus assailed Obama for his handling of the rising black
"Can you imagine a situation where any other group
of workers, if 34 percent of white women were out there looking for
work and couldn't find it?" asked Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the
Democratic chairman of the caucus. "You would see congressional
hearings and community gatherings. There would be rallies and
protest marches. There is no way that this would be allowed to