The unemployment rate for African-Americans has fallen to 6.8 percent as of Dec. 2017. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this rate is the lowest level it’s been since 1972, the year the department started tracking the data.
Senior integrated marketing communications major, Jarvis Fortune said, “I’m happy that the black unemployment rate is declining and I hope that it continues to.”
It should be noted that while President Trump applauds his own policies for the decline, the unemployment rate for African-Americans has been steadily declining since March 2010. During that time 16.8 percent of African-Americans were unemployed.
The rate had already fallen nine points by the time President Trump entered the Oval Office, resulting in a one-point drop with him in office as the trend continued.
“I feel like it’s completely unethical,” Jarvis Fortune said in response to Trump’s tweet and effort to claim the credit for change.
While the African-American unemployment rate is notably lower, it is currently still higher than the overall employment rate in the United States. That rate was 4.1 percent as of December 2017.
“I feel like it’s a great thing that the black unemployment rate is declining because not only does that mean minorities are finally being given more opportunities to flourish in the work world, but its shows how much the job market I’d beginning to change – slowly, but surely,” senior mass communication major, Selena Stroble, said. “I do have faith that I’ll get a job following graduation, because employers are aiming to to gain a more diverse work force. So, being a minority myself I feel that I can compete with a number of my counterparts, and I will be taken into consideration in the job field I choose fairly.”