Nonfarm payrolls grew by 200,000 in January and the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, while wages saw their biggest jump since the end of the Great Recession, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a closely watched report Friday.
That hike - from 6.8% to 7.7% - comes after black unemployment plummeted to the lowest point in history in December after having been slashed almost in half during President Obama's second term. What the jump does suggest, however, is that neither Trump nor his policies have anything to do with the black unemployment rate being at a record low.
When asked this week what specifically the administration was doing to combat black unemployment, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders pointed to the GOP-passed tax reform package as a means to help "all Americans".
Last Sunday President Donald Trump got into a Twitter tiff with Jay-Z, bragging that his policies have driven the unemployment rate among Black Americans down to a record low rate.
Republicans have been attacking Democrats for not standing and applauding when Trump talked about unemployment in the Black community during the State of the Union.
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The black unemployment rate is still down significantly from a high of 16.8% in March 2010, but it also remains well above the unemployment rate for white Americans. Trump tweeted on January 28.
"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 tweeted on January 16. He also addressed Trump's touting of the record-low rate.
What Trump conspicuously did not include in the tweet was the spike in black unemployment.
Trump lashed out at Jay-Z using his favorite new statistic after he criticized Trump in an interview with CNN. Black unemployment has never been equal to or lower than white unemployment in any month since the BLS began tracking it.