Black unemployment jumped in January up from record low
Unemployment rates for black workers in the U.S. jumped in January after hitting a record low in December.
The rate rose to 7.7 percent in January after it fell to 6.8 percent in December, which was the lowest reported since the records first began in 1972, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Trump and the White House have both touted black employment rates, including during the president’s first State of the Union speech earlier this week, in which he said the rate was something he was “very proud of.”
Critics have said that the relatively low numbers for black unemployment are the result of the gradual economic recovery since the Great Recession in the last decade.
Overall, the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs in January.
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