Issue No. 1

The persistent fact that two black people are unemployed proportionately for every white person unemployed was vividly demonstrated by Friday’s release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

While down from May’s 9.7 percent rate, the June rate of 9.2 percent is still far above the 8.6 percent rate in April.  For whites, in a  down economy and market, the rate is 4.7 percent.

And the African-American rate is 25 percent higher than the rate for Latinos at 7.7 percent.

Julian Bond sends the news that 79.1 percent of those responding to his request to choose the top three issues to ask presidential candidates during the NAACP convention picked jobs and employment. The next two issues, the war in Iraq and health disparities attracted 50 percent support.

I would suspect that health care is intricately related to employment because people without jobs are also without employment-based health care.

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