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Black Jobless Rate Remains Shockingly High! Where Are Democrats?

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White House Aide: Minority Unemployment "Shockingly' And 'Unacceptably' High

The high Unemployment rate for Minorities is unacceptable, a top White House economic aide said today.

"Among Minority communities, the unemployment rate is shockingly and totally unacceptably high," Austan Goolsbee, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Black unemployment jumped to 16.5% last month, up from 15.8% in February. Hisanic unemployment ticked upwards two-tenths of a percent to 12.6%.

Goolsbee attributed minority unemployment to the drop in particular sectors of the economy, and said the White House is working on targeting those sectors for assistance.

"When you look at construction and manufacturing in particular, those have been very hard hit in this recession," Goolsbee said. "You've seen a lot of what the president's talking about, be it infrastructure, be it clean energy manufacturing, and be it small business, those are three areas which would disproportionately help groups where the unemployment rates been really high."

7 Shocking Facts About Minority Unemployment

There's been very little good news in Unemployment figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the last few months.

But the unemployment crisis has been particularly hard on minority communities. Earlier this year, White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, called the Minority Unemployment rate "shockingly and totally unacceptably high."

Whether it be the jobs crisis, the Foreclosure epidemic or the our nation's vast prison population, there is a growing sense that minority unemployment has hit crisis levels in some areas of the country. Check out our round-up of some of the most shocking statistics about Minority Unemployment across America.

Black Unemployment Is Double The Rate Of White Unemployment.

The Racial Unemployment Gap Continues To Widen.

Unemployment Statistics Don't Count The 2.3 Million People In Jail.

The Foreclosure Crisis Has Hit Black Communities Harder.

In Certain Cities, Minority Unemployment Is Hitting Crisis Levels.

College-Educated Blacks Still Have Higher Unemployment Rates.

Minority Teens Have Also Been Hit Hard.

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Sources: Black Enterprise, CNN, Huffington Post, PBS, The Grio, Washington Post, Google Maps

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