After Trump's Repeated Boasts, Black Unemployment Spikes Up From Record Low

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"And something I'm very proud of, African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded", said Trump to major applause.

When Trump summarized the successes of his first year in office, he emphasized how the prosperity of his first twelve months impacted the lives and hopes of ordinary Americans, wage laborers and others whom the eight years of the Obama presidency had left behind.

President Donald Trump's call for American unity in his first State of the Union address struck an us-versus-them tone for many minorities, raising questions as to what extent Americans are put off by a leader who continually draws criticism as bigoted and xenophobic. Black unemployment fell fairly consistently from 2010 on, as did the rates for whites and Hispanics.

The speech, historically a list of priorities for presidents, was also about what Trump didn't say. It should come to no surprise that the camera showed the Black Caucus not applauding as Trump boasted about the new unemployment rate records. 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.

"President Trump's racist rhetoric makes the country less safe for people of color by encouraging, emboldening and pandering to those who wish to do harm to others based on the color of their skin", Richmond said.


Janelle Jones, an analyst working on a variety of labor market topics within EPI's Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) told Vox that, "The recovery of employment was happening long before Trump got into office". "It's not about money at the end of the day", he said. (He has also flirted with a potential run for US Senate.) "In my opinion, the white working class and black working class have more in common than in any other time". Per the New York Times, "The modern roots of the racial wealth gap can be traced back to the post-World War II housing boom, when federal agencies blocked loans to black Americans, locking them out of the greatest wealth accumulation this country has ever experienced". But the gain of 500 jobs in that industry made in 2017 are expected to be followed by the loss of 370 jobs this year at a mine owned by Mepco LLC.

Trump billed the speech as a unifying address but Sen.

The 0.9-point increase is a big jump - but not an unprecedented one.

Trump did not use the word "sedition" to describe the law-breaking and Constitution-negating actions of his Democratic predecessor or the Democrats assembled in the chamber of the House.

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