The economic recovery took its twists and turns with most of America, hitting black men the hardest. However, according to a recent report from the National Women’s Law Center, black women have seen a larger increase in unemployment as other populations began to regain their jobs. In fact, black women have lost more jobs in total than black men since the recession began.
Black men gained 127,000 jobs within the last two year period of June 2009 to June 2011, while black women lost more than twice that number: 258,000, the report shows.
“We hear back from women suggesting that some employers think it’s more important for men to get back to work than for women,” said Joan Entmacher, the National Women’s Law Center’s vice president for family economic security. “I suspect that is one of the things at work.”
The report suggests, though, that several people are critical of the economic health of the black population.
But on the contrary, the report suggests that women are more critical to the economic health of the black population.
“Black women are a majority [53.4%] of the black workforce, head a majority [52.8%] of black families with children, and were more economically vulnerable even before the recession started,” the report sates.