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Black College Graduates Face Higher Levels of Workplace Discrimination

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A black college graduate in the United States in 2014 is likely to find it much harder to find a job, compared to a white graduate in the same position.

According to a report that was released recently by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, in 2013, the unemployment rate for black college graduates was twice the overall rate for college graduates. Far from the gap narrowing during the economic recovery, it has actually widened, and the disparities have become worse. That is not very surprising because economic downturns are typically much more difficult on younger workers, and black unemployment rates have remained consistently higher than white unemployment rates for many years now.

The combination of youth as well as the wrong race seems to place many young black African-American college graduates at a disadvantage when they go job hunting. There are far too many disturbing studies that prove that workplace discrimination based on race is alive and flourishing in the United States. According to researchers, one study found that persons apply for jobs with “black sounding” names like Jamal Jones, were less likely to get an interview call, compared to counterparts with “white sounding” names, like Greg Baker.

Some experts believe that this reticence in hiring black people could be the belief that black persons have a substance abuse problem. Some researchers believe that drug testing could actually improve a black person's job prospects, and therefore, managers may be less likely to discriminate against them.

Stemming such discrimination among younger persons who are just starting out on their career is important. Earlier studies have indicated that when a person faces economic disadvantages when starting out on his career, he can expect those disadvantages to continue over the course of his lifetime.

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