President Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to highlight the historic drop in the unemployment rate among African-Americans, a day after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the rate fell below 7 percent for the month of December — the lowest mark for black Americans since the bureau began tracking the data in the early 1970s.
"The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, ' Trump's first-year jobs numbers were very, very good.' "
The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, “Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.”
The celebratory tweet was sent Saturday morning ahead of meetings with congressional Republican leadership and members of his Cabinet at the presidential retreat Camp David, where a legislative strategy for 2018 is expected to be mapped out.
It also came in the midst of a tweetstorm in which the president gave a lengthy defense of his mental stability, referring to himself as "really smart," a "successful businessman" and "a very stable genius."
According to the latest BLS report released Friday, the black unemployment rate has been in decline since at least October 2017. In March, the unemployment rate for African-Americans 16 or older was above 8 percent, but by September, it fell to 7 percent. In December 2017, the rate hit the new low of 6.8 percent.