Black Unemployment Sinks to Its Lowest Level Ever

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Elect Donald Trump to the Presidency and watch how black unemployment sinks to the lowest ever recorded by the Labor Department.

When black unemployment sinks this low, we need to credit Donald Trump for keeping another promise!

Blacks voted for Donald Trump in greater numbers than they voted for the Republican candidate in the previous two elections. But still, only a tiny fraction of black voters voted Republican. Perhaps they’ll realize how they have benefitted and more will vote for Trump in 2020.

The Washington Post Wonkblog reports, “Black unemployment falls to lowest level on record.

Black unemployment fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest ever recorded by the U.S. Labor Department since it began tracking the black unemployment rate in 1972.

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During the aftermath of the financial crisis, black unemployment soared to 16.8 percent in 2010, meaning more than 1 out of every 6 African Americans was looking for a job but could not find one. The rate has steadily declined since, breaking the prior all-time low of 7 percent that was set in 2000 during the dot-com boom.

“6.8 percent unemployment rate for African Americans is lowest on record. Good news, except pretty bad news that this is the best ever,” tweeted Dean Baker, an economist at the left-leaning Center for Economic and Policy Research.

The white unemployment rate is 3.7 percent. The black-white gap in hiring and pay has existed for decades, with the black unemployment rate typically more than double that of whites. But the gap has narrowed slightly to 1.85 times higher unemployment for blacks instead of 2 times as much.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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