PHILADELPHIA – The record low rate of black unemployment is one of President Donald Trump’s favourite talking points in touting his administration’s success.
But while black employment may have improved, that hasn’t translated into broader economic gains.
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. Just 12 per cent of all Americans are black.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate for black Americans was 6 per cent in September. That’s down from a high of 21.1 per cent in 1983 but is still double the overall national unemployment rate of 3.7 per cent.