Black Youths, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice by Janice Joseph

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1993). 3 shows the unemployment rates for black and white youths. In all the years listed, the unemployment rate of black youths 16 to 19 years was twice that of white youths. One major reason for the high unemployment of black youths is the shortage of jobs. Many of these youths live in highly populated cities where only a few jobs exist at the present time. Another major reason for the high unemployment is the lack of employable skills found among black youths relative to whites, especially among those who fail to complete high school or college.

The proportion of black families with no income earners almost doubled between 1967 and 1990, from 10% to 19% of all black families. S. Department of Commerce, 1991). S. Department of Commerce, 1992). Mortality and Life Expectancy The average life expectancy of blacks is about six years less than that of whites; in fact the blacks" life expectancy is one of the lowest of all groups in the United States. 6 years while that for white males was 73 years. For black females, life expectancy was 74 years compared to 80 years for white females.

S . Department of Commerce, Bureau of Census, Money Income ofHouseholds, Families and Persons in United States: 1991, August 1992. S. Department of Commerce, Money Income of Households, Families and Persons in United States, August 1992. " In 1992, 46% of black households were headed by females compared with 13 % for white females. S. Department of Commerce, 1993). In 1991, the income for a black family headed by a female was less than that of a family headed ^by a white female. S. Department of Commerce, 1992).

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