Sunday, January 23, 2011


A report from the Center for American Progress emphasized that minorities have had a harder struggle through the recession than the white population.

UNEMPLOYMENT: Unemployment stands at nearly 16 percent among blacks, about 9 percent for whites and 13 percent for Latinos.

PAY GAP: As of the third quarter of 2010, African Americans’ usual median weekly earnings were $623 in 2009 dollars; Latinos earned $532. In comparison, whites made $774 each week, while Asians earned $871.

POVERTY: In 2009, 25.3 percent of Latino families and 25. 8 percent of African-American families lived below the poverty line. Poverty rates were 9.4 percent among white Americans and 12.5 percent among Asian Americans.

HOMEOWNERSHIP: Nearly 75 percent of whites own homes, compared with 45 percent of blacks and 47 percent of Latinos.

HEALTH CARE: In 2009, 12.0 percent of white Americans lacked health insurance, compared with 21 percent of African Americans; 32.4 percent of Latinos, and 17.2 percent of Asian Americans.

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