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Trump's boasts ring hollow in some black communities

The record low rate of black unemployment is one of President Donald Trump's favorite talking points, but it hasn't translated into broader economic gains

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 12, 2018 10:30 IST ]
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's favorite talking points in promoting his administration's success is the record low rate of black unemployment.

But in some black communities, that victory seems hollow.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for black Americans in September was 6 percent. That's down from a high of 21.2 percent in January 1983, but is still nearly double the overall national unemployment rate of 3.7 percent. The unemployment rate belies the on-the-ground reality for many African-Americans.

That's partly because African-Americans are still disproportionately toiling in lower-quality jobs. Black people make up roughly one-fifth of those working in temporary jobs, a figure that hasn't changed much in the past five years, even as the economy has improved.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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