Economic Inequality

Ten years of uneven recovery have exacerbated the economic inequalities that predated Hurricane Katrina. Without a doubt, the economic progress of the last ten years has not been felt equally and the data shows that poor families, particularly those of color, continue to lag behind their richer, white counterparts.

The massive displacement of New Orleanians had a unique impact on African American residents – displacing Black business professionals and the jobs that they once held. New jobs have not served the needs of the long-standing New Orleans community, and the 52% unemployment rate for African American men evidence this failure. […]