11.6% = The Lowest Black Unemployment Number Since President Obama Took Office (so far…)! At 11.6% Black unemployment has now hit the lowest number it has ever been since President Obama took office in 2009. The April Black unemployment number is 11.6% according to the Department of Labor. The number is 6.3% overall. All that with zero help from the Republican party.
The overall unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since the worst part of the financial crisis in September 2008
When President Obama took office, the Black unemployment number was 12.7%, The number hit a 28 year high in late 2011 with a stunning 16.7% Youth unemployment remained at a whopping 36%.
Even though the 11.6% number is still double the overall rate if unemployment — it is an impressive number during a presidency where Black unemployment has been in the 12s and 13s regularly. Still, the number is not as low as the some of the low Black unemployment numbers posted during the eight years of the Bush presidency. Black unemployment hit 8.4% in 2006.