Black and Hispanic Unemployment Hits All-Time Record Lows


These are the kinds of headlines that have Democrats terrified.

At just a time when news about politics among black Americans is getting a new twist thanks to rapper/entrepreneur Kanye West and the discussions he’s sparking, the Labor Department just issued new numbers reflecting the strength of the economy under President Donald Trump.

And much as Democrats would like to deny it, the report is going to hurt them badly.

Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — under the pro-business, anti-regulation Trump administration — showed an overall American unemployment rate dropping below 4 percent for the first time since 2000, CNN reported (through gritted teeth, no doubt).

That’s good news for the country, of course, but there’s even better news for a part of the population that tends to lag the rest.

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According to the Washington Examiner, unemployment for blacks “hit the lowest on record in April.”

And that’s very bad news for a Democrat Party that’s trying to paint the Trump administration as a disaster for black Americans.

This is the party, remember, whose representatives sat on their hands during Trump’s State of the Union address in January when the president touted then-record lows for unemployment among blacks and Hispanics.

But that stone-faced refusal to acknowledge good news could well be coming back to bite them.

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With Friday’s numbers showing the black jobless rate lower than it was when Trump was speaking, black conservative commentators like Candace Owens will have even more ammunition to fight the black liberal power structure.

Freelancers like West — who has made a habit of upsetting the Democrat dogcart (and getting pilloried for it) — will have more room to speak.

And black Democrat politicians are finding themselves in the increasingly uncomfortable position of carrying water for a white liberal establishment made up of the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer while attacking an administration that is good for the actual constituents back home.

For Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat obsessed with impeaching Trump, and Democrats — whose biggest brag during the Obama administration was how many Americans were on food stamps — are not looking real good.

And social media responses to Friday’s report showed it.

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The Democrat spin is already starting — that the numbers were following a trend that started under Obama. Since they are some very smart people on the Democrat side (even if they’re wrong), it’s not stupid on its face. But even for the smartest Democrat out there, it’s tough to square good news coming from a guy you’re pretending is a modern Simon LeGree.

Besides, every American remembers the malaise of the Obama years, when manufacturing jobs “weren’t coming back,” and when the best Democrats were offering was some kind of spurious health insurance under a law that needed lies to get passed.

Truly great economic news, like record-setting unemployment in a population that has been left behind too often, isn’t something that can be shrugged off with political spin. And Democrats who have black constituents to answer to are going to be pushed to the wall explaining why black workers need to a better life for themselves to satisfy the whims of white liberals like Pelosi and Schumer.

Headlines like the ones coming out Friday aren’t going to make that easier at all.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.