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OP-ED: Black and Latino Workers See Lowest Unemployment in Years

Some good news on the economic front: unemployment among African-Americans dropped from 8 percent a year ago to 7.3 percent this November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The African-American labor force participation rate also rose during the past year, from 61.9 percent in November 2016 to 62.2 percent last month.

Akin Oyedele at Business Insider reported on how the Trump administration has presided over the narrowest black-vs.-white employment gap since April 2000.

Jason Johnson from The Root also reports: “If you’re not tired of Trump winning yet, consider that in the first six months of his presidency, unemployment levels in major cities like Cleveland, Baltimore and Chicago went down, which tends to indicate that black people in large population centers are finding work. Most important, black gains in employment have tended to be in areas like nursing, home health care and transportation, which are professions less likely to shrink in the future, as opposed to construction and farming jobs, which are continuing to decline across the country.”

The Hispanic unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in November, a decrease from 4.8 percent in October, a fact that Ivanka Trump touted on Twitter.

“All Americans continue to see results from the president’s bold economic agenda,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told Fred Lucas of The Daily Signal in a written statement. “While overall unemployment in November remained at a nearly 17-year low, the rate is also at historic lows among several groups, including Hispanics—where it is the lowest in at least 44 years—and African-Americans—where it is at its lowest levels since 2000.”

 

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