Under Trump, Black Unemployment Rates Hit Lowest Ever Level
New record for Trump in third straight month
In August, Neon Nettle reported that the unemployment rate for African-Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 plummeted to 17.7 percent, the lowest rate since government records began in the early 1970s.
According to the most recent data from the Department of Labor, a total of 762,000 young African-Americans had jobs in July.
But October also set a record for black men above the age of 20, with a 5.1 percent rate.
The last record low of 5.3 percent was in 1973.
October's unemployment rate for black women over 20 was 4.8 percent.
Youth unemployment of black Americans aged 16 through 19, which was at 19.2 percent, was also included in the overall unemployment rate.
When Trump was elected in November 2016, the overall black unemployment rate was at 8 percent, according to federal data.
Trump highlighted the new record during a Friday night rally in Tupelo, Mississippi:
“If I would have said during the campaign that I would create 6.7 million new jobs since the election, these people would have gone crazy. They would have said horrible things. They would have said it’s impossible,” Trump said.
“Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over 51 years, soon to be historic. African-American unemployment just dropped to the lowest rate ever recorded. Historic,” Trump added.
"Black unemployment rate another historic low at 5.4% that's the lowest since they've been keeping records." pic.twitter.com/5sb5zycKwS— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) November 1, 2019
Unemployment for African-Americans is at an all-time record low for the last 3 months. There is still much work to do to address inequality, but the lowest unemployment ever is good news for America. https://t.co/jSNnIkkxej— Rep. Don Bacon (@RepDonBacon) November 2, 2019
Despite liberals refusing to acknowledge the president's achievement, one commentator linked the drop in black unemployment directly to jobs being created in the Trump economy.
“As jobs continue to be created, those who were still looking for work, those like minorities with historically higher rates of unemployment, are the ones in position to take advantage of those opportunities,” Valerie Wilson, director of the program on race said.
Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia stated the figures went hand in hand with economic growth.
“The unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low. More than 300,000 Americans entered the labor force in October, leading to a slight uptick of the unemployment rate to 3.6%.
“This marks the twentieth consecutive month in which the unemployment rate has been at or below 4%. It is also encouraging to see another record low unemployment rate for African-Americans,” Scalia said in a statement.
“Once again, Americans are receiving more money in their paychecks, as year-over-year wage growth rose by 3.0%. Wages have grown at or above 3.0% for 15 straight months, including September’s increased revision,” he said.