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The State of African American Employment Focus of February 7 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on February 4, 2011

Dr. Christian Weller will discuss trends in African American employment on the February 7 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, at 5:30 p.m. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, African American unemployment was 15.7 percent in January.  Unemployment for Hispanics was 11.9 percent, Whites 8.0 percent, and Asians 6.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in January.  Weller will be followed by an interview with Kent Lineback, author of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader. Listen live online at

Christian Weller

Weller, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, is the co-author of the  Center’s report, The State of Communities of Color in the U.S. Economy.  In the report, Weller and his co-authors write, “…structural differences in unemployment rates by race and ethnicity meant  that communities of color fell into a deeper hole in terms of economic security  during the recession and that communities of color will need to see much stronger  growth than is the case for whites to climb back out of this hole.  Communities of  color are in more desperate need of policy attention to jobs, wages, and benefits  than whites to just recover the losses they suffered during the recession since they  experienced sharper economic security losses.”   Weller is also an associate professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Being the Boss

In Being the Boss, Lineback and his co-author Linda Hill, bring their academic, consulting, and real life management experience to provide guidance for those struggling with management responsibilities.  Here are some great quotes from the book:

  • “…a certain amount of fragmentation, conflict, tension, instability, and general messiness is built into the basic nature of managerial work.  Only those who ignore the paradoxes think “good” management will produce a workplace of constant calm cooperation…”
  • “The political environment within organizations can lead to destructive or constructive outcomes, depending on how people conduct themselves.”
  • “A team’s purpose and goals, the future it’s trying to create, are the foundation of culture and must be clear.”

Lineback, now a writer and collaborator, spent nearly thirty years as a manager and executive in business and government. He is the coauthor (with Randy Komisar) of the bestseller The Monk and the Riddle.


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