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Report shows minority unemployment rising
The State of Black America report was released today, local Urban League president explains how that reflects Cleveland
Story by MARANDA SHREWSBERRY


 

The annual State of Black America report released by the National Urban League today (Thursday) says the gap between black and white employment is growing.

The report shows unemployment in minority communities is almost twice that of white communities.

Marsha Mockabee is president of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland and says Cleveland’s black unemployment rate hovers around  16 percent. She blames that on the loss of many blue-collar jobs and the lack of high-school diplomas and college degrees among many urban-core populations.

Mockabee says the Cleveland’s Urban League is creating retraining programs for unemployed people and encouraging individuals, both young and old, to gain an education. 

Mockabee says there are jobs.

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 Mockabee sees more trouble for minorities in the current federal budget debate. Republicans want to cut 61 billion from federal programs – many of which support low-income and working-class families. She says the deficit does need to be addressed but the pain needs to be spread to all classes. 

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