Northeastern University - Center for Labor Market Studies


Young Black males have experienced severe difficulties in finding any type of employment and those with no post-secondary schooling face a bleak economic future in the absence of substantive effective policy responses to their human capital problems. This paper is designed to provide a background for discussions at a Jobs for America's Graduates forthcoming national meeting with Black political leaders. It identifies the key labor market and educational challenges facing young Black males in recent years, compares findings for Black males with those of men in other race-ethnic groups, and reviews some of the available literature on what seems to work or not work in solving these problems.


This report was published in February 2007 and was prepared for Jobs for America's Graduates, Boston, MA. by the Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


black men, employment analysis

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African American young men - Economic conditions, African American young men - Employment


Labor Economics


Northeastern University

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Northeastern University

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