Black Unemployment Spiked Final Month, Disputing Trump’s Argument

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President Trump has spent this week boasting about African-American unemployment being on the lowest “charge ever recorded.”

“It is one thing I am very happy with,” he mentioned throughout his first State of the Union handle Tuesday.

Whereas talking at a Republican retreat two days later, Trump blasted Democrats for not applauding or celebrating that SOTU comment, complaining, “You’d’ve thought that on that one, they’d’ve type no less than clapped slightly bit.”

However Democrats have refused to credit score Trump for the statistical feat as a result of they are saying his insurance policies don’t have anything to do with it, including that black unemployment has been on a gentle decline for years. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics seemingly confirmed that Democratic argument, placing out knowledge displaying that the black unemployment charge spiked by zero.9% final month.

That hike — from 6.eight% to 7.7% — comes after black unemployment plummeted to the bottom level in historical past in December after having been slashed almost in half throughout President Obama’s second time period.

Whereas zero.9% is a major enhance, it doesn’t imply that the African-American group has instantly been thrust into an unemployment disaster. What the leap does counsel, nonetheless, is that neither Trump nor his insurance policies have something to do with the black unemployment charge being at a file low.

Employment statistics are inclined to unpredictable shifts, and it takes years earlier than the consequences of any given president’s financial insurance policies might be discerned.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump cherry-picked another newly launched Bureau of Labor Statistics knowledge. He declared that the GOP tax plan, which went into impact final month, was to thank for the general unemployment charge being at four.1%, common earnings being up by 2.9% since final January, and 200,000 new jobs having been created final month.

What Trump conspicuously didn’t embrace within the tweet was the spike in black unemployment.

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