1. Crisis

    Black Unemployment at 16 Percent

    CHICAGO - JUNE 23:  Job seekers take a break outside after speaking with recruiters during career fair sponsored by the Chicago Urban League and State Representative La Shawn K. Ford at Malcolm X College on June 23, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Unemployment in the Chicago metropolitan area is 10.7 percent, slightly higher than the 9.7 percent nationwide.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    Unemployment among African Americans has risen to 16.2 percent--17.5 among black men, and whopping 41 percent among black teens. African American unemployment has always been higher than the national average, but it's now at the same level it was during the Great Depression. In New York City, the future looks especially dismal: 34 percent of black, male New Yorkers between the ages 19-24 are not working. Job counselors cite schools’ neglect to teach marketable skills as the source of the problem. David Johns of the Community Service Society agrees that the issue begins early. "If you haven't connected with the world of work by the age of 25, it's a permanent problem for the rest of your career.”

    Read it at CBS News