Under Obama, how is the recovery working out for African Americans?
Not very well.
Despite (much exaggerated) “good news” about employment, not even that rigged improvement has been able to touch that minority group.
As CNS News reports, “Employment Situation Improves in October—Except for African Americans.”
The employment situation in October improved in every way for most Americans, except for African Americans, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The number of African Americans who were employed in the United States in October dropped by 41,000; and the number of African-Americans not participating in the labor force increased by 114,000.
However, the employment picture for all Americans aged 16 and older improved from September to October, as the overall unemployment rate declined from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, the number of employed increased from 146,600,000 to 147,283,000, and the number of unemployed decreased from 9,262,000 to 8,995,000.
The participation rate, which is the percentage of the civilian noninstitutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job or actively seeking one, also increased from 62.7 percent to 62.8 percent for all Americans. Those not in the labor force, which are those who not only did not have a job, but they did not actively seek one in the last four weeks, declined from 92,584,000 to 92,378,000.
But for African Americans 16 years and older, some of those metrics worsened in October.
This is not the first time that we have noticed how the minority group most loyal to President Obama has received no economic help from his policies. No wonder the Democrats failed to attract their base for this last election. People in economic pain do not normally get enthusiastic about voting for the party that has failed them for the last six years.