More than half of male African-American high school dropouts are unemployed, according to a new online analysis of unemployment data by Remapping Debate, a left-of-center news site in New York.
“This is an emergency, this is a catastrophe [but Washington is] not rating it as a catastrophe,” said the site’s editor, Craig Gurian, told The Daily Caller.
The rate is “unbelievable, it is unbelievable,” said a Republican Senate staff member.
The online data shows the unemployment rates for 270 subgroups of Americans.
White men with a university degree have the lowest level of unemployment, at only 2.9 percent, when averaged over the last year, according to the analysis.
The group with the highest average unemployment rate are young male African-American high school dropouts, at 51.6 percent.
The unemployment rate for all male and female African-American dropouts is 30 percent, said the report. But African-Americans who graduated from high-school did little better. Their 12-month unemployment rate is 26 percent.