WH Admits Error in Black Jobs Claims 08/16 06:16
The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President
Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than
President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim
that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for
African-Americans than President Barack Obama.
It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews
data and overstates economic gains.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter late
Tuesday that she had been wrong earlier that day when she told reporters that
Obama created only 195,000 jobs for African-Americans during his tenure
compared with Trump's 700,000 new jobs in just two years.
The U.S. economy actually added about 3 million jobs for black workers
during Obama's tenure, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what
President Obama did in eight years," she told reporters during a Tuesday press
But that assertion is false. Official statistics show black jobs went from
15.5 million when Obama took office in January 2008 to 18.4 million when he
left in January 2017.
In fact, the most dramatic drop in black unemployment came during the Obama
administration as the nation climbed out of a crippling recession. Unemployment
of black workers fell from 16.8 percent in March 2010 to 7.8 percent in January
It is true that black workers under Trump have continued to see gains,
reaching a record low of 5.9 percent in May. Still, black unemployment rate is
now nearly double that of whites, which is 3.4 percent.
Sanders tweeted Tuesday: "Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were
correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn't. I'm sorry for the mistake,
but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African-Americans created under
Sanders linked to a tweet by the White House Council of Economic Advisers,
which claimed responsibility for the "miscommunication."