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Black unemployment nearly twice that of whites

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The economy has made it hard for many people to make ends meet.

Unemployment numbers show it's even tougher for African-Americans.

The group's unemployment rate is 16.5-percent. That compares with 8.7 percent for whites, and a 9.7 percent overall rate.

Aaron Johnson is an economics professor at Darton College, he said immigration could be one contributing factor to the high number, but added that education and training could get make it easier for African Americans to find and keep jobs.

"There is this perception that immigrants work harder and are more reliable than African Americans, another possible factor is discrimination, media images saying that African American males have a certain hip hop culture," said Aaron Johnson, Darton Asst. Professor of Economics.

President Obama talked to African American leaders this week about ways to improve economic opportunities for black people.

The encouraged the President to use money repaid from the bank bailout to help create jobs for groups with high unemployment.

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