In Unions, on Lanes

Friday, December 29, 2006

· There are 16,794,000 black males in the United States, and 13.9 percent (2,333,000) are 55 or older. {+1}

· In 1983, 31.7 percent of blacks held union jobs. By 2004, the figure had fallen to 16.6 percent, a drop of 15.1 percentage points, compared with an 8.3-point decline for whites during the period. {+2}

· Between 1940 and 1970, 4 million blacks, out of an average total population of 11 million, left the South. During that period, the black male population in the District nearly quadrupled, from 88,672 to 245,198. {+3}

· Of the more than 3 million league bowlers in the United States, about 25,000 are black men. {+4}

-- Compiled by staff researcher Karl Evanzz

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 population survey{+1}; Center for Economic and Policy Research, January 2006{+2}; USDA-Amber Waves 2003, U.S. Census Bureau{+3}; United States Bowling Congress, National Bowling Association{+4}

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