The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6,1991 -
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EAST LANSING (AP) - The
loss of high-paying factory jobs for
unskilled workers has pushed
Michigan's Black unemployment
rate to more than twice the rate for
whites, a new study showed
The report also found that while
African Americans make up 13.9
percent of the state's population,
they own only 2.1 percent of state
This year's report focused on
Black-white unemployment trends
from 1971 to 1989 and Black
business development in the state
from 1982 to 1987.
"Michigan is no longer a land of
economic opportunity for a large
percentage of Blacks," said Joe
Darden, dean of the Urban Affairs
Program at Michigan . State
The study found that over the 18-
year period, the Michigan unem-
ployment rate for Black males aver-
aged 20 percent, for Black females it
gher for I
was 21 percent, and 49 percent for
For white males, the state unem-
ployment rate for that time aver-
aged 8 percent, for females it was 9
percent, and for youths it was 18
"They (Blacks) bore a large part
of the brunt of intensive competi-
tion in manufacturing," said Karl
Gregory, professor of economics and
management at Oakland University.
Gregory, one of the authors of
the study, said some service industry
jobs are available to replace the lost
factory jobs, but they're in the sub-
urbs. A lack of mass transit puts
those out of the reach of most inner
city Blacks, who really need those
jobs, he added.
The lack of job experience or the
proper job experience, such as being
a front-line manager, also prevents
Blacks from starting their own
businesses, Gregory said. The
difficulty in getting fin
held down the number
business owners, he addid.
Although the statisti
news for Blacks, they'ris
news for the United Su
needs all the economic. m
muster to hold i ts o'
fiercely competitive im
markets, Gregory said.
"We're not making F
of these resources as a .t
tion," he said.
An earlier report took
James Blanchard, a Der
task. It said although Ph
tionally voted Dern
Michigan, under Blanchr'
istration their economic o
Republican John Eg.
Blanchard last fall, and Darde
that left Blacks with lit
cal leverage to use on x
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