AsÂ you all know by now,Â unemployment extension benefitsÂ have begun to run out for nearly 2 million Americans.Â The mere thought of the impact this has on the struggling familiesÂ who don’t know where their next dollar is going to come from puts a lump in my throat.Â Â African AmericansÂ have the highest unemployment rateÂ at 16%.Â While there are 16.7% of African American males without jobs, 13.1% (1.2 million)Â of African AmericanÂ women are unemployedÂ in the US.
So how doÂ we deal? How do we as a community cope withÂ such staggering statistics? WeÂ certainly cannotÂ allow theÂ negative facts and figuresÂ to take controlÂ over our lives.Â The National Urban League (NUL)Â urges job seekers to get empowered through their 6 Point Job Creation Plan at their State of Urban Jobs site.Â The organizationÂ is a great resourceÂ filled withÂ several educational and informational programs that can provideÂ adults and youth with the proper incentives for success.
During these challenging times, we must learn how to adapt to our newÂ environments by tapping into resources that we might not have thought about prior to being placedÂ in a crisis.Â We need to continue to rely on and seek outÂ faith-basedÂ organizations within our local communities for support and assistance.Â Â Sharpen and update jobÂ research skills by looking into up and coming industries such as Green Jobs (also can be found on NUL website).Â The Healthcare industry is still very lucrative with availableÂ jobs asÂ are job placement services.Â Never understimate your current skills and talentsÂ and howÂ they can be utilized forÂ obtaining freelance/contractual workÂ or even pursuingÂ entrepreneurship.
Here are someÂ additional resources (NYC-tri state area)Â that perhaps can be useful during these stressful and challenging times: