President Trump repeatedly said the unemployment rate for African Americans had sunk to an all-time low because of his economic policies.
He also boasted about the figures during Tuesday's State of the Union address, earning blank stares from Congressional Black Caucus members well aware of the role this president has played in ginning up hostility toward African Americans.
True, the rate did hit 6.8% in December, which is the lowest point on record.
On Friday morning, another complicating factor: The unemployment rate for black Americans jumped in January, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
In the same 11-month period in 2016, the rate also dropped by about 1 per cent. "After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages". "Under Obama it was reduced by Nine points".
But now, it looks like Trump won't have "record low" talking point to kick around anymore.
During his speech Mr Trump also declared a new aggressive posture on trade, saying "the era of economic surrender is over". In 2017, the same group wore white to Trump's first joint address to Congress. Trump controversially renewed his support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's election campaign even after several women accused Moore of sexual misconduct. "I frankly believe there's black unemployment, and black unemployment among young African-American men, who need more than praise about unemployment".
As Trump sees it, he's done great things for black people, while Obama did nothing. It is now virtually unchanged from the rate when Trump took office, 7.8 percent. It's toward the far end of the distribution curve of monthly changes in the black unemployment rate; the biggest one-month change in that rate was in November 2005.
Richmond said that every action taken by President Trump, since his election, has been destructive for poor, working-class, and middle-class communities throughout the country, as well as communities of color.
But, experts say, Trump probably isn't responsible for either move. To this question, Jay-Z answered a very clear "No" by pointing out that what matters most to people isn't money but rather happiness, meaning that money is a lesser concern in the sense that it is one of the factors that contribute to happiness.
Asked why the Trump administration has been touting black unemployment specifically in recent weeks when the numbers continue to show that unemployment is still disproportionately higher, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded: "because they're better than what they have been".