Under Trump, US Minority Groups Made Historic Employment Gains
'Most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color'
Last year, U.S. Department of Labor data revealed that minorities made historic economic strides under President Donald Trump
The Washington Post wrote at the time:
“For the first time, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color."
Before the coronavirus disrupted the US economy, 4.5 million minority hires have taken place under Trump, which accounted for a huge 86 percent of the 5.2 million jobs added since 2016.
The post wrote:
The “surge of minority women getting jobs has helped push the U.S. workforce across a historic threshold” in the last year, with minority hires ages 25 to 54 deemed “prime working age” overtaking those of white Americans.
Since day one, Trump has made the economy his main focal point, where he touted economic gains for communities of color despite constant opposition from Democrats.
But no one can argue with solid data, as much as the Democrats tried too.
Black and Hispanic unemployment repeatedly fell to record lows throughout 2018 and 2019.
In August 2019, black unemployment fell 5.5 percent, falling below the previous record of 5.9 percent set in May 2018.
Meanwhile, Hispanic unemployment dropped lower, registering below 4.6 percent, leading the outlet to imply Trump had proven “there’s truth to John F. Kennedy’s sage observation that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats.'”
Peruvian immigrant Milagros Tasayc told the Post Trump's economy allowed her to work for the first time in years.
“Now there are more job opportunities, I think. I look for jobs that want English and Spanish speakers,” Tasayco said.
“My children say, ‘Wow, Mommy, you have two jobs!’ My husband is proud, too.”
But following the coronavirus, the momentum lost pace.
That, however, will probably end up being a blip in Trump's strategy to get America working again.
In July this year, 4.8 million jobs were added to the US economy in June while the unemployment rate fell to 11.1 percent in an unexpected turn amid the damaging economic effects of the pandemic.
Around 7.3 million jobs have been added in the last two months.
The increase in employment reflected companies push to ramp up hiring as the economy gradually reopens, and consumers return to businesses that had been shuttered in March and April.