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Black leaders intend to press Congress for minority hiring in jobs legislation

Black leaders said they'll push lawmakers to do more to create jobs for minorities after meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and National Urban League President Marc Morial came out of the Oval Office meeting stressing that the jobless rate for black workers is far higher than the 9.7 percent national unemployment rate. The January unemployment rate for blacks was 16.7 percent, according to Labor Department statistics.

"It is not our desire to have a race-based formula but to have policy solutions that are mindful of the differences of those in the American public that are left out the most in their ability to feed their families and build their futures," said Sharpton, who attended the meeting as leader of his civil-rights group, National Action Network.

The group would "press Congress to add more targeted provisions to the jobs bill," Morial said.


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It saddens me to see a "race-based formula" being solicited to Congress. It makes me believe we will never truly unite under the founding principles of the republic.