New Orleans is a major United States port city. From its founding in 1718 until Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, New Orleans was the largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana, but because of the large number of residents who have left due to Katrina, Baton Rouge is currently slightly more populous. New Orleans is the center of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, which remains the largest metro area in the state.
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. It is coextensive with Orleans Parish, meaning that the boundaries of the city and the parish are the same. It is bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany (north), St. Bernard (east), Plaquemines (south), and Jefferson (south and west). Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north, and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
African American Men in New Orleans Employment Crisis
African American men in New Orleans face serious job problems according to a survey published by the Loyola University. The city has lost a total of 47,000 jobs since 1980 till 2004. The blue-collar jobs that mostly were best fit for African Americans have almost vanished after the increase of manufacturing and construction businesses in the city. The jobs which require an advanced degree with a higher qualification requirement are not for the black American males, which consist of 26 percent of the city’s population. This is a serious job crisis for the black men, who are unable to find jobs and maintain a living.
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