In Case You Missed It: A Racial Divide in Unemployment in East St. Louis

BY Business Desk  May 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM EDT

Tonight on the NewsHour, Paul Solman traveled to East St. Louis, Illinois, to report on the racial disparity in unemployment. East St. Louis is a case study in African-American unemployment — 16 percent for men there, as it is nationwide — roughly double the rate for whites. Add in estimates of so-called discouraged workers and the underemployed, and black unemployment is about 30 percent, a number reminiscent of the Great Depression.

In a special online-only video, Paul speaks to Duke economist William Darity about ‘colorism’ in the labor market — why darker skinned black men face greater discrimination and lower wages in the labor market than lighter skinned black men.