The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the rate fell below 7% for the month of December — the lowest mark for African-Americans since the bureau began tracking the data in the early 1970s.
“The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, ‘Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.'”
The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, “Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
According to the latest BLS report released Friday, the black unemployment rate has been in decline since late 2017. In March, the unemployment rate for African-Americans 16 or older was above 8%, but by December 2017, the rate hit the new low of 6.8%.
Unemployment for whites in the month of December was 3.7%, and the unemployment rate overall was 4.1%, unchanged from November, and the economy added 148,000 jobs just last month.
During his campaign, Trump ran as a jobs creator for all Americans, and that seems to be exactly what he is.
Kay Coles James, the new president of the conservative Heritage Foundation who is African-American, tweeted that there’s more work to be done but added, “what a great way to start the new year!”
Great news for African Americans – unemployment rate is the lowest EVER.
We have more work to do—but what a great way to start the new year!
— Kay Coles James (@KayColesJames) January 5, 2018
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah went further and praised the president’s policies for having a direct correlation to the new low in black unemployment. He tweeted:
“The lowest in nearly 5 decades and a credit to @POTUS economic policies!!”
— Raj Shah (@RajShah45) January 5, 2018