Black Unemployment Is Back Up. Way Up. What Will Trump Have to Say Now?

Bloomberg News screenshot
Bloomberg News screenshot

Well, that was fast. The black unemployment rate in the United States, which fell to a record low in December, something President Donald Trump gleefully took credit for, has made its biggest jump upward since 2012.


Now run tell that.

According to the Labor Department’s monthly employment report, released Friday, joblessness among black Americans rose to 7.7 percent in January, up from 6.8 percent in December, which was the lowest point since 1972, reports Bloomberg News.


As reported by The Root, Trump tweeted that the black rate was so low because of his “policies,” a response to criticism by rapper Jay-Z. After Jay went on CNN and called Trump a “superbug,” Trump tweeted, “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”

Trump doubled down on crowing about his feat during his first State of the Union address.

Except now, the rates are back up. Way up. What will our braggart in chief have to say now?


We’re guessing radio Twitter silence.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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weapon-a the first try suffers no trolls

First, we should probably get in the habit of adding the caveat that the “unemployment numbers” are a really shitty indication of how many people are unemployed or even underemployed. Always has been. It’s another thing that Obama got criticised for, but we know that he couldn’t change the calculation to more accurately reflect actual unemployment, cause look what happened when he stopped hiding the costs of Bush 43's wars. He got blamed for adding all those Billions to the deficit. That the official black unemployment numbers have gone back up is a problem, but Trump’s apparent belief that he lowered unemployment for anybody is a little scary. That he will have people who are being actively harmed by his policies believing it too is even more so.