Urban League report says recession is greatly impacting minorities

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - According to a recent report from the National Urban League, the ravages of a recession are impacting minorities far greater than the rest of the nation's population.

The 2010 State of Black America Report Health compares last year to this year in the categories of education, economics, health civic engagement and Social Justice. The data shows blacks and Hispanics have had very little improvement and in some cases lost ground in these categories.  

According to the report:

  • Blacks and Hispanics are more than three times as likely as whites to live below the poverty line
  • More than 19 percent of blacks and more than 30 percent of Hispanics are living without health insurance
  • Of the nation's population over age 25, whites are more than one and a half times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree.
  • College enrollment rates went down and the high school drop out rate went up among blacks and Hispanics.

The National Urban League is looking at solutions to these problems and the short solution to the crisis is creating more jobs.

To view the entire report, click here.

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