Blacks have long struggled with higher unemployment rates than whites, and dropping out of high school means a jobless rate more than twice that of white dropouts. When counting the inmate population, employment prospects for African Americans are bleaker. The percentage of young employed blacks who dropped out of school has plunged from 56 percent in 1980 to 26 percent by 2008.
“Poor education, incarceration mix to make job picture bleak,” Washington Post
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