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The Plight of African American Women: Employed and Unemployed


  • Linda Loubert



Understanding employment for African American women through the lens of neoclassical economics may not be best to help understand their plight. Their pay and the available employment has not been equal to that of men and even more so, African American women have lower paying jobs compared to their white counterparts, despite their achievement of higher levels of education. This paper looks at unemployment rates across the nation and then centers the discussion on black women in the context of the disparities over the past three decades. It combines the types of employment and wages that they have endured in context to white women during the same period of time. It uses Geographical Information Systems to underscore the concentration of income and race and the types of employment in those areas. It then provides some policy recommendations for the future. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2012

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  • Linda Loubert, 2012. "The Plight of African American Women: Employed and Unemployed," The Review of Black Political Economy, Springer;National Economic Association, vol. 39(4), pages 373-380, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:blkpoe:v:39:y:2012:i:4:p:373-380
    DOI: 10.1007/s12114-012-9140-8

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    1. William A. Darity Jr. & Samuel L. Myers Jr. & Chanjin Chung, 1998. "Racial Earnings Disparities and Family Structure," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 65(1), pages 20-41, July.
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