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July 21, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Youth unemployment remains stagnant among minorities

 An economist at Howard University explains how the youth unemployment crisis is hitting African Americans the hardest. (NPR, 7/21)

Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent.

-President Barack Obama announced the expansion of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative today.  The program will grow to include greater involvement from school districts, nonprofits and the private sector, and will also seek to tackle the needs of Asian  American and Native American boys. (White House, 7/21)

– Recently in Fairfax City, Lisa Whetzel, the executive director of Our Daily Bread, spoke to the city council on the links between affordable housing and food security, and the great need for both in the city. (Connection, 7/18)

– Could 8-by-40-foot shipping container boxes re-purposed into apartments be an answer to affordable housing? (WaPo, 7/20)

Cost of Living Is Really All About Housing (City Lab, 7/21)

– Women living in poverty are giving birth to healthier babies, studies show. (WaPo, 7/20)

Opinion: It is no secret that living in poverty can also lead to poor health, but in some cities doctors who can’t help patients in the office are referring them to lawyers who can help them in the courtroom. (NYT, 7/17)

 This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain on Scarcity (NPR, 7/14)

DISTRICT  │ Old home’s restoration helps to restore pride in Anacostia (WaPo, 7/20)

Read this harrowing account of one journalist’s endless appetizer-eating adventure.


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