As CNN Money reports, Blacks are not benefiting from the mild jobs recovery now underway, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment for African American women actually declined in 2011, while overall, African Americans lost more jobs and gained fewer new ones than the general population.The reason is something Via Meadia has been writing about: governments (and semi-governmental entities like the USPS) employ a large number of Blacks. Teachers, firefighters, policemen, clerks and managers working in government are the heart and soul of the Black middle class.Those are precisely the jobs that have been slashed during the last recession and will be under pressure for some time to come. Pay and benefits for government employees will be falling even as the number of new hires drops. Unless state and local tax revenues pick up soon, more layoffs will come. It is likely that the burden of huge pension bills will end up falling most heavily on young African American workers; governments everywhere have underfunded their pension programs and will have to make up the gap in the future by cutting new hires and slashing pay.Health care, another important source of employment for African Americans, is also going to be squeezed. Whether through the current Obama reform, a single payer program, or some new GOP plan, this sector is going to be squeezed as rising costs make the current ways of doing business unsustainable.Parents, educators, social policy wonks, young African Americans launching careers: everyone needs to think about how the next generation can be prepared for success in a world where all the old and reliable rules are in play. To the extent that they work at all, many urban public schools and colleges work as bureaucrat breeding compounds: students are expected to conform, to obey, to live by the clock — and to expect stable and predictable promotion, often for not a whole lot of work. From high school to the USPS.This needs to change, soon. Nobody is better placed to lead this vital charge than the Community Organizer in Chief; Via Meadia hopes we will be hearing more about this from the White House. It’s urgent.