- President Donald Trump made a point to highlight the black unemployment rate during his State of the Union address.
- The Congressional Black Caucus greeted his comment with silence.
During his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump made a point of highlighting recent news that the black unemployment rate had fallen to its lowest level in history.
The Congressional Black Caucus, however, greeted his comment with a nearly silent response.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
“Why are the black congressmen Refusing to applaud the ‘lowest unemployment rate for AAmericans?’ #sotus,” tweeted conservative personality Glenn Beck.
Some were quick to note that, while the black unemployment rate fell to 6.8% – still above the national unemployment rate – under Trump, the drop was a continuation of a change that began under President Barack Obama.
“Any way you square it, the drop in Black unemployment was a trend that started under President Obama,” Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted. “President Trump is just along for the ride. However, we can do better – the Black unemployment rate is still approximately double that of white unemployment. #SOTU.”
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