Fact check: Trump's tweet about median income and African American unemployment


On September 30, President Donald Trump tweeted:

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

So if African-American unemployment is now at the lowest number in history, median income the highest, and you then add all of the other things I have done, how do Democrats, who have done NOTHING for African-Americans but TALK, win the Black Vote? And it will only get better!

Looking at the numbers for African American unemployment, we see that it has been declining for years before Trump took office (source: The New York Times).

Mr. Obama took office at the height of the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate for black Americans was 12.7 percent. It increased to almost 17 percent, in March 2010, and then fell to 7.8 percent by January 2017, Mr. Obama’s last month in office.

The black unemployment rate has continued to fall under Mr. Trump and was 6.6 percent in July.

Claim 1:

“African-American unemployment is now at the lowest number in history”

Fact check:

This is True. African-American unemployment is the lowest (NPR) it has ever been recorded.

It is important to understand, for context, that this number had been decreasing for years before Trump took office.

Claim 2:

“median income [is] the highest”

Fact check:

This is True.

Again, for context, this has been trending for years. From USA Today:

Household income grew for the third consecutive year in 2017 but at a slower pace.

More Context:

  • A fact check from the New York Times found that the Trump administration exaggerated its role in creating jobs for African Americans compared to the Obama era, in August 2018. In response to a question about race, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump managed to triple the number of jobs compared to Obama. This was false. She claimed that the Obama administration created 195,000 jobs when the real number is closer to 3 million.
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