When President Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009, the African-American unemployment rate was 12.7 percent. When he was sworn in a second time this year, the rate was 14.0 percent.
NAACP Chief Ben Jealous said, “Right now when you look at joblessness in this country — the country is pretty much back to where it was when this President started. White people are doing a bit better. Black folks are doing a full point worse.”
“The big issues of this day also include marriage equality and immigration reform — they include making sure that we lift all boats,” Jealous said. ”
With this President having said we need to invest in a strategies that lifts all boats — we know that some boats are clearly stuck, the question is will Congress join him in getting those boats unstuck too,” the NAACP President concluded. Jealous was speaking to host David Gregory on “Meet the Press”.
The Labor Department reported the Black unemployment rate up from 12.9% to 14% for December.
The worst Black jobless number during President Bush’s eight years in office was 12.1% in December 2008. The best jobless number for Blacks during the Bush years was 7.7% in February 2001 and 7.7% again in August 2007.
Additionally, in July 2012 the unemployment rate for Black teens became the highest sector of joblessness at a staggering 39.3%. In May 2011 the Black teen jobless rate hit 40%.