Fact Check: Did Trump Reduce Black Unemployment?

President Trump touted black unemployment reaching the lowest rate ever recorded in December. But when he pointed out the low numbers during his State of the Union address, black Democratic members of Congress sat still with stony faces. Trump said, “Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”

In the address, Trump didn’t exactly claim credit. He implied it, though, when he included it in the list of his accomplishments. Before that, he’d directly claimed credit in a tweet to rapper Jay-Z.

Is Trump responsible for lowering black unemployment? In December 2017, it was at 6.8 percent, according to Bureau of Labor statistics. This is the lowest rate since 1972, when the bureau first recorded statistics.

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