During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump reached out to the African American community like no other Republican in the field. He promised to address unemployment, specifically via trade measures and giving priority to American citizens over immigrants. “What do you have to lose by trying something new?” Trump famously pitched while on the campaign trail.
Well, The Don is delivering — a little under a year in office, too.
The unemployment rate among African Americans has already hit a record low: “The black unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in December was the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking it in 1972, a year in which the rate ranged from 11.2 percent and 9.4 percent,” reports CNBC.
In fact, this is the first time the black unemployment rate for Americans aged 16 and up has fallen below 7% in the 45 years it has been tracked by the government.
Trump was so confident that he could turn things around for the black community that he promised, if given a shot at a first term in office, he would win 95% of the black vote when seeking reelection. “The result for them will be amazing,” he told a North Carolina crowd during the presidential election. “What do you have to lose by trying something new?”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported white workers’ unemployment at 3.7%, and overall unemployment at 4.1%.
As The Daily Wire highlighted on Thursday, the economy has thrived since President Trump took office, with high job creation, low job cuts, market booms, and over 100 companies implementing wage hikes and offering bonuses due to the Republican tax bill. (Read the full report here.)