White House aide: Minority unemployment 'shockingly' and 'unacceptably' high

The high unemployment rate for minorities is unacceptable, a top White House economic aide said today.

"Among minority communities, the unemployment rate is shockingly and totally unacceptably high," Austan Goolsbee, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Black unemployment jumped to 16.5% last month, up from 15.8% in February. Hisanic unemployment ticked upwards two-tenths of a percent to 12.6%.

Goolsbee attributed minority unemployment to the drop in particular sectors of the economy, and said the White House is working on targeting those sectors for assistance.

"When you look at construction and manufacturing in particular, those have been very hard hit in this recession," Goolsbee said. "You've seen a lot of what the president's talking about, be it infrastructure, be it clean energy manufacturing, and be it small business, those are three areas which would disproportionately help groups where the unemployment rates been really high."

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