Trump’s Boast Of Low Black Unemployment Debunked By New Numbers
During his State of the Union address Tuesday President Donald Trump repeated a familiar boast that unemployment among black Americans is down under his administration. New labor statistics released Friday, however, show it is on the rise again.
“African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded,” Trump said to loud applause during the joint session of Congress early this week, calling it “something I’m very proud of.”
Yet new Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday shows that unemployment among black or African-Americans rose to 7.7 percent in the first month of 2018. The rise defies a long-term trend—unemployment among the group has declined steadily for the past seven years—and represents one of the largest rises in a single month since 2014.
The unemployment rate among American workers as a whole held at 4.1 percent last month.