Unemployment continues an upward spiral among African Americans, and according to the latest statistics from the U. S. Department of Labor, June represents the third consecutive month of weak hiring. As a result, although the recession ceased three years ago, the economy is still struggling.
The labor report also shows that while the national unemployment rate of 8.2 remained steady, it also rose significantly among African Americans in June to 14.4 percent from 13.6 percent in May.
In addition, the economy added about 75,000 jobs each month during last quarter, which extended from April to June.
"It's a disappointing report," said George Mokrzan, director of economics at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio, said in an interview, in which he added thatjob gains are consistent with sluggish economic growth.