Half of the U.K.’s black males aged 16 to 24 are unemployed—twice that of their white counterparts—according to unpublished government statistics acquired by The Guardian. And there is reason to believe that the American figure is nearly equivalent.
The new figures, which do not include students, also reveal that the youth unemployment rate for black people has increased at almost twice the rate for white 16- to 24-year-olds since the start of the recession in 2008. Young black men are the worst affected of all, according to a gender breakdown contained within the data supplied by the Office for National Statistics.
Unemployment among young black men has doubled in three years, rising from 28.8% in 2008 to 55.9% in the last three months of 2011.