The official unemployment stats for black men in Milwaukee is 59%.Id say its closer to 80%.Nearly every other black person from Milwaukee would agree.
Relatively low unemployment rates for Wisconsin mask deep and persistent pockets of unemployment among African American men from low income families. In Milwaukee the percentage of young African American workers who showed sustained unemployment for the entire three month period from January to March, 1990 was 41 percent, more than ten times the official Milwaukee area unemployment rate of 3.8 percent for March, 1990. When the U.S. Department of Labor's alternative measure for unemployment is calculated including discouraged workers plus one-half of the part-time labor force, the unemployment rate for young African American men in Milwaukee was estimated at 60 percent in First Quarter, 1990.
The vast majority of African American men in their early twenties who were employed were relegated to marginal, low-wage jobs for the duration of the 39 month period studied with most of the jobs in retail trades and the service industries. In 1990 only 885 of the 8,421 jobs held by men in the study population paid a living wage, and only 386 jobs paid a family wage.
Milwaukee had the highest black unemployment rate of the major cities surveyed in 2002 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau also found that 59% of Milwaukee's black males 16 and older were idle, and that the city's black unemployment rate was more than three times its white unemployment rate.
I have already posted this before,but you all seem eager to completely ignore what I post and then bitch about me ''saying the same thing over and over.http://www2.jsonline.com/news/gen/dec04/280965.asp
I don't see how that journal source statistics present an accurate picture. The state of Wisconsin's published legislature statistics for 2000 at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/bb/03bb/145-146.pdf
"Following a decade marked by a strong economy and job growth, overall unemployment in Wisconsin was a relatively low 4.7% in 2000. Unemployment is defined for persons ages 16 years and over as being out of paid work but actively seeking employment in the civilian labor force. Men were more likely to be unemployed than women (5.1% vs. 4.2%). There also remains a troubling disparity in unemployment when the data are broken down by race. Unemployment rates were highest among Black men and women (17% and 14%), a lingering consequence of lower educational achievement among Blacks, a serious “mismatch” between the residential location and availability of jobs and discrimination in hiring. As with all demographic phenomena, unemployment rates vary considerably across the state (Fig. 46). The lowest rates of total unemployment in 2000 were in Calumet and Ozaukee Counties (2.2% each). These counties also had the lowest unemployment rates for men and women. Overall, 16 counties had less than 3% unemployment for women, and 6 counties had under 3% unemployment for men. The county with the highest rate of unemployment was Menominee County (16.5%). Four other counties had unemployment rates over 8% – Iron (8.9%), Bayfield (8.5%), Jackson (8.3%), and Ashland (8.1%). Menominee, Iron, Bayfield, and Jackson each had unemployment rates greater than 10% among men. Only one county had an unemployment rate of over 10% among women (Menominee, 16%). Women in three other counties had unemployment rates over 6.5% – Adams (7.9%), Bayfield (6.7%) and Milwaukee (6.7%)."
The 2004 published statistics for the 2005-2006 session by the state legislature at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/bb/05bb/680-690.pdf
"Labor Force — An average of about 2,919,200 workers were employed in Wisconsin in 2004. Another 152,000 were part of the available work force but were unemployed, resulting in an average unemployment rate of 4.9% for 2004. Since 1970, Wisconsin’s labor force has increased by over 1.1 million workers from 1,941,700 to 3,071,200 in 2004. Based on January figures, the state’s highest unemployment rate for that period occurred in 1983 when it reached 11.7%."
Now the journal article you selected is talking about Black men older than 16 who are not employed or in the labor market. Subtract out all the full time students, stay at home dads, those retired, those on disability, etc... not to mention those working under the table and you'll find the balance is materially less than what that author is asserting and more in line with both the US Census Bureau and the state of Wisconsin legislature statistics.
Furthermore, they cite as their source the US Census Bureau. As stated, http://www.bls.gov/cps/home.htm
that site shows the numbers as lining up much closer to the state of Wisconsin legislature statistics.
So other than a single article that appears to be prejudiced in its presentation, I'm not seeing objective evidence for your position. I won't doubt your subjective statement about everyone you know being unemployed. Short of going to Milwaukee County and doing real primary research, how could I?
The statistics do show a significantly higher percentage of Black unemployed males, yes there is a problem, but it does not extrapolate to your assertions as far as I can see. I don't see any evidence for a government cover up either. Just the facts.