We finally heard our BlackEconomics.org co-contributor, Lindsey “Rob” Robinson, who voiced repeatedly, “Black Americans move mainly for one reason: Jobs! Therefore, unless there are jobs, do not expect Black Americans to move to ‘Shabazzland’ (see explanatory reference at article’s end) for nation formation.”
This Analysis Brief features a hypothetical analysis. We asked the question: If life in Shabazzland paralleled somewhat US economic life, then how many jobs would be generated? This question flows from the logic that demand engenders supply. Therefore, our question can be answered by estimating the employment per capita for the US economy at the industry level, and then applying that per capita employment to the Black American population that could inhabit Shabazzland.
For simplicity, we perform our analysis using 13 industries that are assembled from the 20 NAICS 2017 (North American Industrial Classification System) two-digit industries. After estimating employment per capita by industry and computing the required employment for those industries in Shabazzland, we compare those employment requirements with the current level of Black employment in the US economy. The differences between Shabazzland employment requirements and actual employment reveal employment gaps and over supply.
The employment by industry data for the analysis are from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We employ 2019 statistics to avoid recent COVID-19 Pandemic effects, which first struck the US in 2020. The per capita estimates are based on a US 2019 population of 328.2 million from the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. The related Black American Alone population for 2019, which is also from the Census Bureau, is 41.1 million.