January 13, 2018
Conservative black activist Horace Cooper says there is a good reason the unemployment rate hit an all-time low last month for African-Americans — President Trump’s economic policies.
The unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in December, which is the lowest rate ever recorded by Labor Department in the 45 years it has been tracking the statistic.
Cooper — who is a member of the conservative, free-market African-American group Project 21 — told The Daily Signal not only is 6.8 percent the lowest unemployment rate on record, it also represents the narrowest gap between black and white Americans at 3.1 percentage points.
Trump stated on Wednesday that he is “very proud” of the low unemployment, and tweeted earlier in the week, he was “so happy about this news!
On the campaign trail, Trump promised a “New Deal for Black Americans,” which included high-paying jobs. “What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?” the then-candidate asked at rally in Michigan in August 2016.
Cooper said Trump should rightly take credit for the rapid turn of events for African-Americans.