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August 10th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

In Depth: Minority unemployment in America

According to a report issued by the National Urban League at the end of July, the Great Recession and the subsequent recovery has pushed the black unemployment rate back close to levels recorded in the early 1980s, with 16.2% of African Americans unemployed in June.

In light of these staggering statistics, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) kicked off a month long, five-city "For the People" job fair/town hall initiative on Monday. CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver hopes that the campaign will force Congress and the White House to recognize that at nearly double the national rate, unemployment in black communities has reached crisis level.

On American Morning today, Representative Cleaver and Bill Rodgers, a Rutgers University professor, weigh in on the minority unemployment in the U.S., discussing potential solutions and the disappointment many minorities feel toward President Obama about how he has approached the problem.

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