WBEZ | Algernon Austin http://www.wbez.org/tags/algernon-austin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Black unemployment in Chicago is third highest in the nation, report finds http://www.wbez.org/black-unemployment-chicago-third-highest-nation-report-finds-100638 <p><p>At 19 percent, African-American unemployment in Chicago ranks the third highest in the country, according to <a href="http://www.epi.org/publication/ib337-black-metropolitan-unemployment/">a report</a> published this week by the Washington-based <a href="http://www.epi.org/about/">Economic Policy Institute</a>.</p><p>Between 2010 and 2011, the jobless rate for Chicago&#39;s black workers increased 1.7 percent. In contrast, nearby Detroit had similar rates, closer to 18 percent, but with a 7 percent decrease in the black unemployment rate during the same time period.</p><p>The report&#39;s author, <a href="http://www.epi.org/experts/#austin">Algernon Austin</a>, said he thinks the better numbers for Detroit&#39;s black workers reflects Michigan&#39;s economy.</p><p>&quot;Recovery might be too strong of a word but we&#39;re seeing improved circumstances,&quot; Austin said. &quot;It&#39;s likely due to the return of the auto industry, and that&#39;s reaching in and benefitting black workers.&quot;</p><p>In contrast, Austin says Chicago&#39;s segregation weighs heavily on local African-American jobless rates - especially compared to other metropolitan areas in the report.</p><p>&quot;The black population is not completely separate, but more isolated, not simply spatially, but economically and socially,&quot; Austin said.</p><p>He said that inhibits access to better jobs.</p><p>Chicago&#39;s high rate of unemployment for African-Americans was superceded only by Las Vegas, which ranked the highest at 22.6 percent and Los Angeles, at 22.1 percent. In general, the jobless rates for all African-Americans in the report were two to three times higher than that of the white population.</p></p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/black-unemployment-chicago-third-highest-nation-report-finds-100638