Downturn worse for black Oregonians

A study reveals an unemployment rate of over 20 percent for Oregon’s black population.

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The Urban League of Portland’s study – its first in 17 years – shows that Oregon’s overall unemployment rate is nothing compared to the rate for black Oregonians.

Take a moment and consider the havoc Oregon’s record-level 12.2 percent unemployment rate has wreaked across the state. Hard-working people jobless for months. Homes lost and cars repossessed. Safety nets evaporated.

Now imagine that what is now the third-highest state unemployment rate in the nation has been your community’s jobless rate for the past 30 years. And that during this economic freefall the unemployment rate could be 20 percent or higher.

This is the reality for black Oregonians.

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