Rochester area blacks and Hispanics are lagging behind whites in employment and income, with Hispanics faring slightly better than blacks. That’s according to the National Urban League’s annual State of Black America 2014 report.
Rochester ranked 59th of 77 metropolitan areas on black and white unemployment. Rochester has 18 percent black unemployment versus 6.9 percent white unemployment.
Rochester ranked 64 out of 77 metros on black and white median household income. Black households earn $27,210. White households earn more than twice as much – $55,002.
On Hispanic and white unemployment, Rochester ranked 77th out of 83 metros. Hispanic unemployment is 14.5 percent, compared to 6.9 percent white unemployment.
Rochester ranked 71st out of 83 metros on Hispanic and white income equality, with Hispanic households earning $30,486 compared to $55,002 for white households.
Nationally, black unemployment is 13.1 percent and Hispanic unemployment is 9.1 percent, compared to 6.5 percent for whites.
Here in the United States, our story is rife with examples indicating that despite being fve years out of the Great Recession, we have yet to realize a great recovery. Instead, what we see emerging is indisputable clarity of what I refer to as “The Great Divide.” Whether it is termed income inequality, loss of social mobility, the eroding middle class or opportunity inequality, at its core is a great divide between the people who have homes, secure jobs, savings and retirement and the people who have only some—or worse yet, none—of these.
– Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of National Urban League
Links of the Day:
– Segregation in Buffalo schools has returned to 1970s levels.
– Rochester area schools are hiring more social workers, as children come to school with more and more problems related to poverty.
– Albany immigrants are increasingly settling in the suburbs. (Also true in Rochester.)
– Turning a Catholic church in Syracuse into a mosque has been controversial.
– Who’s on the short list to buy the Buffalo Bills? A man most Rochesterians have never heard of.
– A man is opening an egg factory in Ohio. He has good-paying jobs available. He can’t find people to fill them.
Tweets of the Day:
— Rachel Barnhart (@rachbarnhart) April 6, 2014
— john_kucko (@john_kucko) April 6, 2014