For decades, many African Americans grew accustomed to a middle class lifestyle in their homes across the country.
Lives that were built through hard work; climbing up the corporate ladder from entry level positions to the corner offices. But with foreclosures and the continuing recession, many African-Americans find themselves in dire straits.
Close to 15.5 percent of African Americans are out of work and still looking for a job. While the general unemployment rate continues to drop (8 percent) for a variety of reasons — ranging from levels of education and continuing discrimination to the relatively young age of black workers — black unemployment tends to run twice the rate for whites.
Examples of cities where Black unemployment has risen dramatically:
2006 = Birmingham, Alabama = 5.3 %
2011 = Birmingham, Alabama = 14.5%
2006 = Miami, Florida = 6.7%
2011 = Miami, Florida = 17.2%
2006 = Los Angeles, California = 8.6%
2011 = Los Angeles, California = 19.3%
2006 = Detroit, Michigan = 12.00%
2011 = Detroit, Michigan = 25.7 %
2006 = Las Vegas, Nevada = 13%
2011 = Las Vegas, Nevada = 25%
2006 = Charlotte, North Carolina = 8%
2011 = Charlotte, North Carolina = 19%