The Madeleine Brand Show for August 31, 2011

Why is black unemployment so high?

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Ida Aka speaks with a job recruiter from Bank of America at a job fair in the James L. Knight Center on August 23, 2011 in Miami, Florida.

Many people looking for work at today's job fair in South LA will go home disappointed. Not only is the pace of hiring painfully slow, but there's not much evidence to show that job fairs actually place many people in jobs. How do people really get hired, and why is the unemployment rate for African-Americans so high? Sylvia Allegretto is a labor economist at UC Berkeley who has studied black unemployment. She joins us to explain.


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