Jobless rates higher for black teens in Illinois

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State statistics show that black teenagers in Illinois are more likely to be without a job.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State statistics show that black teenagers in Illinois are more likely to be without a job.

The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports that state unemployment statistics show the unemployment rate for white youths is 24.7 percent but it’s nearly double for black teenagers at 47.7.

The statistics also show that 11.7 of black teenagers are employed. The rate is 30 percent for white teenagers and 26 percent for Hispanic teenagers.

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman Greg Rivara says the state’s teen unemployment rates mirror the national situation.

Rivara says the nation’s overall unemployment troubles are making it difficult for teens to find jobs. He says adults are accepting and looking for jobs that they wouldn’t normally if economic times were better.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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