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Minority Unemployment Rates to Hit Record High This Year

Friday, January 15, 2010

The unemployment rate for African Americans is set to soar to a 25-year high of 17.2 percent by the third quarter of this year, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. The rate for Latinos is also expected to hit a record high of 13.9 percent this year.One reason that the racial … Read More

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House Extends Benefits for the Unemployed; New Coalition Calls for Stronger Action

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The House on Wednesday passed another six-month extension of unemployment benefits and extended the COBRA health care subsidy that was set to expire at the end of December. The COBRA benefit — created under the stimulus bill earlier this year — pays for 65 percent of a laid-off worker’s cost of continuing coverage under an … Read More

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President Obama Sharpens Focus on Jobs, Relief for the Unemployed

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Calling the current jobs crisis affecting millions of Americans a “continuing human tragedy,” President Obama this week outlined a series of steps intended to boost job growth and continue relief for the unemployed.The plan includes expanding tax breaks and incentives to small businesses, increasing spending on infrastructure, and a new program of tax rebates for … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups Seek Urgent Response to U.S. Jobs Crisis

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Civil rights and progressive organizations, including the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, the AFL-CIO, and the Center for Community Change, have joined the Economic Policy Institute in calling attention to the urgent need to address the current jobs crisis in light of new unemployment data released … Read More

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New Report Finds Greater Diversity in U.S. Union Membership

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The popular image of a typical union member in the United States has been of a middle-age White man working in a factory. While that may have been true a quarter century ago, it is far from accurate today, as a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds. Almost half … Read More

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