Black unemployment spiked last month, disputing President Trump's self-serving argument

President Trump Addresses The Nation In His First State Of The Union Address To Joint Session Of Congress

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Black unemployment has not increased in a single month that much since 2013, almost five full years ago.

The unemployment rate for black Americans jumped to 7.7% in January, up from 6.8% in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Trump has been touting the black unemployment rate for weeks.

"It's something I'm very proud of", Trump said of the historically low black unemployment rate during his first State of the Union address Tuesday.

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. The U.S. has added an average of 190,000 jobs each month since Trump took office. It's important to note that Democrats are just as happy about good unemployment news as anyone else, certainly for Black people in America.

However, it bounces around more than the white unemployment rate because it's based on a smaller population.

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President Trump has spent this week boasting about African-American unemployment being at the lowest "rate ever recorded".

The unemployment rate for black Americans remains in a long-term cyclical decline - down from a peak of 16.8% in March 2010.

Trump lashed out at Jay-Z using his favorite new statistic after he criticized Trump in an interview with CNN.

In one case, Trump tweeted about the record-low rate in response to criticism from the rapper and businessman Jay-Z.

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump cherry-picked some other newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Black unemployment has never been equal to or lower than white unemployment in any month since the BLS began tracking it.

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