EVENT: Achieving Full Employment for Black Workers (Updated)

You are invited to attend a February 16th forum sponsored by EPI's Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy.

Hit hard by the recession, left behind in the recovery: achieving full employment for black workers

While all demographic groups have endured high rates of unemployment in the wake of the Great Recession, African Americans have seen the highest levels.  In 2011, the black unemployment rate averaged 15.8 percent—twice the white average of 7.9 percent.  Even during good economic times, the black unemployment rate is typically about twice the white rate.  In 2007, when the white unemployment rate averaged 4.1 percent, the black rate averaged 8.3 percent.

During 2011, the overall reduction in the unemployment rate was reflected in declining rates for both whites and Latinos, yet the unemployment rate for African Americans was the same at the beginning of 2011 as it was at year’s end.

Join us for a panel that explores about what should be done to reduce high black unemployment today, and what should be done to break the 2-to-1 black-to-white unemployment rate ratio that persists even in good economic times.


Keynote Introduction
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), confirmed

Algernon Austin, Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy
Valerie Rawlston Wilson, Vice President of Research & Economist, National Urban League Policy Institute
Tanya Clay House, Director of Public Policy, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Brandon Garrett, Policy Director, Congressional Black Caucus

Thursday, February 16, 2012
9:00 - 11:00 am
(Registration opens at 8:45 am)
Continental breakfast will be available

This event is free, but we ask that you register HERE.

Economic Policy Institute
1333 H Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005