Is President Obama Giving False Numbers for Unemployment

The new unemployment numbers are out, and the Labor Department says we are seeing the lowest numbers in three years. This is great, and along with the new rate of 8.5%, the employers across the country have added 200 thousand new jobs. It’s a great place for the president and his administration to be, as things slowly improve in the 2012 election cycle.
“The economy’s moving in the right direction. We are creating jobs on a consistent basis. We are not going to let up, not until everybody who wants to find a good job can find one,” said President Obama last week.
Based on the numbers, it seems that things are starting to come together for the country, and white unemployment is hovering around 7.7%. I am assuming that the Obama administration is patting each other on the back, and proclaiming that they are doing a great job. The information is positive and even the numbers for Black unemployment has dramatically gone down.
Representative Allen West of Florida does not believe the numbers and thinks someone may have tampered with the figures. The unemployment numbers for Blacks dropped from 15.8% to 13.6%, all in one month, and there is no clear explanation for that unprecedented drop.
“Can someone tell me how employment in the Black community has improved at a rate three times the national average in just a few months? With numbers like today, urban communities should be well on their way to economic recovery. There is something suspicious about the job numbers released today and it has me very concerned,” says Representative West.
Dr. Malveaux in her studies has established that the real Black unemployment rate is 28.3%. In 2010, the employment rate for African American males has reached historic lows in metropolitan areas across the country. In five of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than half of working age Black males held jobs, and in 25 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, fewer than 55% of working age Black males were employed.
This study was done in 2010 and the administration has not developed or implemented a plan to improve employment in the Black community. Therefore, it would appear that the situation in the Black community has deteriorated and gotten worse.
As President Obama prepares for his reelection, he will be forced to develop an outreach program for our community. Hopefully we can get our scholars and political organizations to negotiate and discuss the truth about the conditions in our community.
Without a doubt, when the Labor Department is doing their count, they are not including the number of people who have dropped out of the labor market. “If a large proportion of the persons exiting from the labor force were Black, presumably were due to people giving up looking for work could drop the Black unemployment rate without any significant new employment,” wrote William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University.
Unemployment numbers have always been a mystery to me. I never understood when it was justified to eliminate people from the labor pool, because they had stopped looking for work. It appears that the people not in the labor force exploded by an unprecedented record of 1.2 million and most of them were Black.
Everyone in the administration can go around and believe the numbers, but sometimes they lie. Maybe someone was tampering with the numbers but in all probability, they were following the system.

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