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16 December 2013

Before Casting Another Vote for Democrats, Blacks Need to Look at These Unemployment Numbers

Georgia is home to twenty counties where blacks are a majority of the population.

Those 20 counties --Bibb, Burke, Calhoun, Clay, Clayton, DeKalb, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Hancock, Jefferson, Macon, Randolph, Richmond, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Terrell, Warren, and Washington-- all have black populations exceeding 50% or more.

Below is a table showing the Democrat performance in the races for President and Governor over the last four General Elections. The average Democrat performance in the 20 Georgia counties with majority black populations is 60.25%

2012
General Election
2010
General Election
2008
General Election
2006
General Election
Average
Democrat Performance
Bibb59.54%56.59%58.67%45.68%55.12%
Burke55.19%53.14%54.30%46.62%52.31%
Calhoun59.30%62.19%60.67%61.62%60.95%
Clay61.44%58.57%61.04%59.75%60.20%
Clayton84.67%79.51%82.93%68.05%78.79%
DeKalb77.63%74.33%78.86%64.42%73.81%
Dooly53.11%54.83%51.38%49.11%52.11%
Dougherty69.24%65.57%67.21%64.87%66.72%
Early51.60%51.85%48.72%45.97%49.54%
Hancock80.88%78.00%81.30%73.14%78.33%
Jefferson58.36%55.27%57.35%49.12%55.03%
Macon67.09%64.61%65.23%56.71%63.41%
Randolph57.84%55.86%56.98%53.93%56.90%
Richmond66.39%61.17%65.60%49.89%60.76%
Sumter53.77%52.34%52.66%48.07%51.71%
Talbot64.84%62.36%64.01%57.38%62.15%
Taliaferro66.04%67.85%64.95%61.40%65.06%
Terrell57.73%54.10%56.57%54.76%55.79%
Warren60.51%55.58%58.38%47.37%55.46%
Washington53.46%49.52%51.89%48.31%50.80%
Average
Democrat Performance
62.90%60.66%61.94%55.31%60.25%

(Data provided by the Secretary of State)

In these twenty Georgia counties, with majority black populations, unemployment is higher than either the state or the national rate.

The following table was constructed using the 2010 Census and unemployment data from the Georgia Department of Labor, for the month of October:


County

Black Population 
(percent)

Unemployment 
(percent)
Bibb52.1%8.9%
Burke49.5%9.8%
Calhoun61.3%10.6%
Clay60.4%9.5%
Clayton66.1%10.0%
DeKalb54.3%8.5%
Dooly49.9%13.8%
Dougherty67.1%9.7%
Early49.6%7.2%
Hancock74.1%15.8%
Jefferson54.4%14.7%
Macon60.6%15.1%
Randolph61.8%11.0%
Richmond54.2%9.5%
Sumter51.8%12.2%
Talbot59.2%8.3%
Taliaferro59.6%9.0%
Terrell61.2%8.7%
Warren61.7%12.0%
Washington52.7%10.9%

The current national unemployment rate is 7.3%. The current Georgia unemployment rate is 8.1%

In nineteen of the twenty majority black counties in Georgia, counties that give 60.25% of their votes on average to the Democrat candidate at the top of the ticket, unemployment exceeds both the state and national rate.

The Democratic Party receives high support in Georgia's twenty, majority black counties, but the black voters there get a low rate of return for their unflinching loyalty to the Democratic Party.

Isn't it time for the black community to review just what the Democrats have done for them?