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.”

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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.