Unemployment amongst black staff spiked in January after having fallen to its lowest degree for the reason that authorities began monitoring the info.
The black unemployment charge of seven.7 p.c final month was a bounce up from the 6.eight p.c reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in December, which on the time was the bottom reported since 1972. December was the primary time since then that the black unemployment charge fell under 7 p.c.
President Donald Trump touted the December quantity throughout his State of the Union tackle earlier this week, calling it “one thing I am very pleased with.” He has used that December determine a number of occasions in an obvious effort to show his financial agenda is working for black Individuals.
The president even received right into a Twitter tussle with the hip-hop star Jay-Z final weekend, tweeting a response to the musician’s on-air criticism of Trump’s feedback final month about immigrants from Africa.
White unemployment in January was three.5 p.c, which was down from three.7 p.c in December, and Asian unemployment was three p.c, up from 2.5 p.c within the December report.
General unemployment was four.1 p.c within the January report, launched Friday. Nonfarm payrolls rose 200,000.