Blacks in South LA have a bleaker jobs picture than in 1992

)LA still seeks its footing 20 years after riots Full Story »

Posted by Sally Lehrman - via LA Times (Most Emailed), Google News (Jobs)
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Posted by: Posted by Sally Lehrman - Apr 27, 2012 - 7:21 PM PDT
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Edited by: Sally Lehrman - Apr 27, 2012 - 10:19 PM PDT

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Caroline Silver
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by Caroline Silver - Apr. 29, 2012

I think that the title provided important information, because not only was it catchy, but it summarized perfectly what the paper was about. I wish it had talked more about the riots itself, instead of comparing today to then. I found their figures really interesting, but also convincing about how the Latino community had actually increased in numbers, while the African American community had not increased in numbers. All the important facts included, helped support the message of just how bad the economic situation is, especially for African Americans. I think some other points that helped enhance the argument was the line "At the time of the riots, South L.A. was almost 50% African American. Many with the means to leave ... More »

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Megan Neider
by Megan Neider - Apr. 30, 2012

What do you see as the most important facts included in this story? What purpose do they serve? The statistics that show that unemployment is higher than the past (24% vs. 21%) is important to show that the issue of unemployment is getting worse. The fact that stood out most to me was that South LA used to be 50% African American, and now it has declined to only 30%. This is a pretty significant decrease, which serves the purpose of telling the audience blacks in LA really are leaving the area because they're having a hard time finding jobs. Do you see any interpretation not supported by fact? Some of the statistics talk about unemployment rates in general, and that LA residents used to be able to make a middle-class living ... More »

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Paul Burdette
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by Paul Burdette - Jun. 3, 2012

The article in the Los Angeles Times on Black unemployment levels is interesting. It brings in hint of structural racism and effects of a community to rise above any one certain stratification of economic condition. What would have been more compelling if the numbers given where compared to other ethnic races in the same geography. This would cement that the problem has possible links to extraneous variables based on race. The article states that median income for Blacks is lower when adjusted for inflation, but does not give specific umbers or comparisons to other ethnicities in the same region. Is this an issue unique to Blacks? Is it an issue unique to Blacks residing in the area mentioned in LA? Or is it a national issue ... More »

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Alexandria Habbas
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by Alexandria Habbas - Apr. 30, 2012

For this particular NewsTrust review, I analyzed the story “Blacks in South L.A. have a bleaker jobs picture than in 1992.” There are multiple areas in this article where important facts are included. In the third paragraph, the author uses statistics in order to reveal the unemployment rate. Specifically, the author states, “In two areas of South Los Angeles- Florence Graham and Westmont- unemployment is almost 24%. Back in 1992, it was 21% in Florence Graham and 17% in Westmont.” This set of statistics and use of facts is important because the author reveals how bad the unemployment rate currently is in Los Angeles. A second area where the author included facts was in the sixth paragraph of the ... More »

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Lauren Brown
by Lauren Brown - Apr. 29, 2012

The use of statistics about the change in demographics in the South LA area is extremely important for illustrating the point that this is no longer a "black community". This point was stronger for making the point of the article then the use of stats about the income and support in the area. The one conclusion I noticed that was not supported soundly by facts was one that stated employers were only employing other mexicans who were family members of current workers. This conclusion seemed a little more hearsay than fact.

The use of statistics about the change in demographics in the South LA area is extremely important for illustrating the point that this is no longer a "black community". This point was stronger for making the point of the article then the use of stats about the income and support in the area. The one conclusion I noticed that was not supported soundly by facts was one that stated employers were only employing other mexicans who were family members of current workers. This conclusion ... More »

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Nicole Percz
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by Nicole Percz - Apr. 29, 2012

This is good journalism because the writer uses a variety of different sources and although never states it outright, brings a sense of pessimism in the area of the education system in LA. Not only is this article about unemployment, but it is about the education system as well as the low effort by our government to invest in our youth. As for my opinion on this issue, there is no doubting that the minority unemployment levels are extremely low. I am one hundred percent behind the movement for an educational reform because the public school system is failing the US citizens. But I am not a big supporter of public welfare. I think that it should be used as a way to get back on your feet for a small amount of time and that is ... More »

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