Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My new Urban Institute research brief is out

The Labor Market Performance of Young Black Men During the Recession

It's some descriptive work on jobless (as opposed to simply unemployed) young black men in January 2010, in the depths of the recession - with comparisons to white and Hispanic counterparts as well as older male counterparts.

Data is drawn from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

This is an interesting table. It's the non-employment income sources of the households that jobless men are a part of (so some of this may be their income, some of it may be family members' income). Unemployment insurance is not a young man's game for one simple reason: base periods.

Notice also how much monthly non-employment household income for young men comes from pensions or Social Security. To the extent that we live in intergenerational families, this is an intergenerational program.

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