Unemployment rate for African Americans in Calcasieu, more than - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Unemployment rate for African Americans in Calcasieu, more than national average

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The national average for unemployment is roughly 9.1%. But the number of unemployed African Americans is at a rate not seen since Ronald Reagan was President of the United States - 16.2% and climbing. For African American males the number is about 18% (higher in certain cities). In Calcasieu Parish, the number of African Americans unemployed is 10.9%.

The question is why? Is it due to lack of skills? Less education? Better education in schools densely populated by Caucasians? Or is it blatant discrimination?

We'll hear from some experts.

 

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