Can We Solve Black Youth Unemployment?

Holzer, Harry J.
November 1988
Challenge (05775132);Nov/Dec88, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p43
The article discusses the reason behind unemployment among African Americans and the possible remedies for this problem. Employment problems for both African Americans and whites worsen as education levels fall. African Americans nonemployment and nonparticipation rates are higher than are those of whites within each educational category. Various economic changes have reduced the demand for less-skilled and less-educated African American men and women. The expectations of young African Americans' outpaced the reality of progress for them. As a consequence, they were unwilling to accept low-wage jobs. Low education levels, high unemployment, and problems with the law are part of life for those living in areas of concentrated poverty. The single most important factor determining employment opportunities for young African Americans is the overall health of the economy, both aggregate and local. Providing close supervision and standards for performance, counseling about local job opportunities, and successful job search procedures can complement the direct education and training effects among the African Americans.


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