I found this a disturbing story;
Unemployment has doubled to more than 50% among young black men according to figures disclosed last night.
The statistics also showed that joblessness among black people of both genders aged 16 to 24 – excluding students – had increased at almost twice the rate of young white people since the start of the recession. From the last three months of 2008 to the last three months of 2011, the proportion of economically active black people in the age group who were out of work rose from 28.8% to 47.4%. This was more than double the rate for young white people, which went up from 15% to 20.8%.
I wonder why young black people are so affected? Why is this specific demographic so startlingly high? It is surely not acceptable to have almost HALF the young black community on the dole? At a time when more and more eastern Europeans can travel here and get jobs, why can young black people not? Some may try to use these statistics to imply a degree of racism amongst employers but I suggest that there is more to it than that. We need to ensure that all young people, regardless of colour, have access to useful employment and Government should see this as a warning signal.