“The recovery of employment was happening long before Trump got into office.”
President Donald Trump regularly tweets when new numbers on the economy are released, usually as a way to highlight how these numbers compare to those under his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama. So when new unemployment numbers for December 2017 revealed that the unemployment rate for black Americans had fallen to its lowest point in decades, it was just a matter of time until the president weighed in.
In recent weeks, Trump has repeatedly touted new unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers found that in December, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent for Americans of all races. Among black Americans, the numbers fell to 6.8 percent unemployment, the lowest rate recorded since the BLS began breaking down the numbers by race in the 1970s.
Trump is particularly proud of that drop, sending his first tweet about the lower black unemployment numbers shortly after they came out. “The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News!” he tweeted on January 6. He tweeted about it again on January 8, mentioned it during his speech before the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention that same day, and has also retweeted at least one other account that noted the black unemployment numbers hit a historic low during his tenure.
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
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