The official jobless rate is in for the month of April. Unemployment went up — to 9 percent.
What? You didn’t know that? Then you’re like most people, who try to find out what’s happening by watching television or reading commercial newspapers.
So how can unemployment be going up if the number of new jobs is increasing? The capitalist media came up with various explanations. The New York Times said it was because the number of new jobs came from payroll data while the unemployment figure came from household interviews. Others said it was just a fluke.
Tell that to the 205,000 additional people out of work in April. Losing your job, especially in tough times like these for the working class, is like a dagger to the heart.
And what about young people trying to get their first jobs? Whatever jobs were created last month, they didn’t affect unemployment in the 16 to 19 age group. It is still at the highest ever since the government started keeping these records — a whopping 25 percent.
And in Black communities, the jobless rate for all ages is twice that for whites — proof that institutional racism is entrenched in the United States, no matter who is president, and “equal opportunity” is just a mirage.
Felt the need to highlight that.