|Illegal Immigration: One of the primary causes of high Black unemployment|
The economy and jobs will be big issues in Washington again this coming week.
While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 percent, it's at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for African American males.
CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports that, historically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always been higher than the national average.
However, now it's at Depression-era levels. The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it's at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it's nearly 41 percent.
For some, it's crunch time at STRIVE, a job training program in East Harlem, where instructors use drill sergeant-like techniques. They teach job-seekers to correct their mistakes by fining them a quarter each time they make them.
For young men of color, especially black males in New York City, things are especially bad. According to the think tank, the Community Service Society, 34 percent of New York's young black men age 19 to 24 are not working.
"If you haven't connected with the world of work by the age of 25, it's a permanent problem for the rest of your career," says David Johns with the Community Service Society.
Christopher Scott, 20 and a high school drop-out, got a GED last year, but he hasn't been able to find a job ever since.
"It makes me feel degraded in a way cause at 20, I should be more independent," Scott says.
For those with less than a college education, finding a job alone isn't the answer. Even if they secure employment, it's often below minimum wage, and in places like New York City, it's barely enough to survive.
Jermaine Christian, currently working as a restaurant busboy, graduated from one of the top high schools in the city in 2010. He can't afford college, so after searching for a year now, he works for $5.50 per hour.
"I became more or less desperate and took anything I could find," Christian says.
Job counselors say part of the problem is that high schools aren't teaching marketable skills.
"Unless you have a skill coming out of high school, in this society, in this economy, you will not be able to find a job," Johns says.
1. Graders and sorters of agricultural products—58.0%2. Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers—56.6%3. Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers—51.5%4. Helpers, construction trades—48.6%5. Roofers—47.7%6. Miscellaneous agricultural workers—45.7%7. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders—45.1%8. Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers—44.5%9. Construction laborers—44.2%10. Hand packers and packagers—43.7%
Because all racial minorities are perceived as being in a constant state of war with white people, no one will ever mention the correlation of Black unemployment and illegal immigration. Perhaps because the employers - based on experience - enjoy the labor of the illegals more than they do that of Black people?