After remaining virtually unchanged throughout 2011, the Black unemployment rate fell from 15.8 percent last December to 13.6 percent in January, a drop of 2.2 percent. But from January to February, the figure eased back up to 14.1 percent , an indication that the persistent problem of Black unemployment is not likely to go away soon.
African-Americans, who voted for President Obama at a rate of 95 percent, have been quietly sulking over his inability to lower the Black unemployment rate. They saw the rate rise from 9 percent in December 2007, at the beginning of the recent recession, to 14.9 percent in June 2009 when the recession officially ended, to 15.8 percent in December 2011. Meanwhile, White unemployment rose from 4.4 percent in December 2007 to 8.7 percent at the end of the recession before falling to 7.5 percent last December. It was 7.4 percent in January and 7.3 percent in February.