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Black unemployment is down a full
percent to a record low under Obama
ATLANTA, May 4,
2012, 9:30 a.m.
Black unemployment continued to inch down in
April by a full percentage point to 13 percent, which is a record
low for President Obama, according to a recent report by the U.S.
Department of Labor.
The black unemployment
rate in April was down to 13 percent from 14 percent in March,
according to the department. The March rate was down from the
February rate of 14.1 percent, which was up from 13.6 in January.
December's rate was 15.8 percent.
The April rate is the lowest the unemployment rate
has been for blacks since Obama came into office. Obama, the
nation's first black to hold the office, last year
asked blacks what he could do to bring down the escalating rate.
When Obama came into office, he had
said that he would not do any targeted programs to blacks.
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Meanwhile, white unemployment rose slightly from to 7.3
percent to 7.4 percent.
Overall, national unemployment was down from 8.2 percent to
8.1 percent, according to the department.
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