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WH Admits Error in Black Jobs Claims   08/16 06:16

   The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President 
Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than 
President Barack Obama.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim 
that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for 
African-Americans than President Barack Obama.

   It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews 
data and overstates economic gains.

   White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter late 
Tuesday that she had been wrong earlier that day when she told reporters that 
Obama created only 195,000 jobs for African-Americans during his tenure 
compared with Trump's 700,000 new jobs in just two years.

   The U.S. economy actually added about 3 million jobs for black workers 
during Obama's tenure, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

   "President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what 
President Obama did in eight years," she told reporters during a Tuesday press 
briefing.

   But that assertion is false. Official statistics show black jobs went from 
15.5 million when Obama took office in January 2008 to 18.4 million when he 
left in January 2017.

   In fact, the most dramatic drop in black unemployment came during the Obama 
administration as the nation climbed out of a crippling recession. Unemployment 
of black workers fell from 16.8 percent in March 2010 to 7.8 percent in January 
2017.

   It is true that black workers under Trump have continued to see gains, 
reaching a record low of 5.9 percent in May. Still, black unemployment rate is 
now nearly double that of whites, which is 3.4 percent.

   Sanders tweeted Tuesday: "Jobs numbers for Pres Trump and Pres Obama were 
correct, but the time frame for Pres Obama wasn't. I'm sorry for the mistake, 
but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African-Americans created under 
President Trump."

   Sanders linked to a tweet by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, 
which claimed responsibility for the "miscommunication."


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