hardest-working-black-woman-image-400x295 According to a recent study released by the National Women’s Law Center, Black women are the only demographic that hasn’t shown an improvement in the unemployment rates. The study shows that the even though the overall unemployment rate dropped from 7.2 percent to 6.1 percent between August 2013 and August 2014, and women’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.2 percent to 5.7 percent, the unemployment rate for Black women remained at 10.6 percent.

Where Black men were concerned, their unemployment rate fell 3 points, from 13.4 percent to 10.8 percent.

Joan Entmacher, vice president for family economic security at the NWLC, says these numbers should be a red flag. Entmacher also said one of the reasons why the rate is stagnant is because Black women are disproportionately employed in the public sector, because state and local governments have historically offered more equitable employment opportunities for women and people of color than the private sector. But the public sector is experiencing much slower job recovery than the private sector due to budget cuts.

“Public sector jobs are slower to recover because public policy has been to cut or freeze funding for all levels of government over the past few years,” she said. “After the recovery began, there was an emphasis on reducing the deficit and shrinking the government at a time when that was really damaging to the economy.”

So what are possible solutions? Although Entmacher didn’t offer any, besides placing the blame on lawmakers, Black women should and probably need to venture out and become entrepreneurs. Or even get away from the public sector all together.

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  • apple

    no surprise.. we are the bottom of everything

    • That’s not true…we’re still outpacing other women and black men at getting college degrees.

    • apple

      i dont mean that we should be there, i mean thats where society puts us. its not our fault that we are there as we do more than everyone else but in spite of it , they put us at the bottom (unemployment, racism,marriage, value ,etc)

  • Brad

    “and black men at getting college degrees”

    At everyone getting college degrees in fact…

  • This report reveals nothing surprising. However, I don’t appreciate the author’s suggestion that Black women should just become entrepreneurs; that’s too idealistic.

  • John

    That’s not true…we’re still outpacing other women and black men at getting college degrees.

    Doesn’t mean a thing when the majority of black women are broke, in poverty, on welfare, or unemployed.

    • John

      And earn the lowest wages!