NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said Sunday, perhaps unwittingly, that Black Americans â€śare doing far worseâ€ť than when President Obama first took office.
â€śThe countryâ€™s back to pretty much where it was when this president started,â€ť Mr. Jealous told MSNBC host David Gregory on â€śMeet the Press.â€ť â€śWhite people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing far worse.â€ť
The Black unemployment rate was 12.7 percent when Mr. Obama took office. While the unemployment rate in the U.S. as a whole is below 8 percent, the Labor Department reported the black jobless rate was up from 12.9 percent to 14 percent for December.
The worst during Mr Obamaâ€™s first term was in September 2011, with 16.7 percent unemployment for blacks â€” the highest since 1983, the Department of Labor reports. The black teen jobless rate hit a staggering 39.3 percent in July 2012.
The NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network, among others, met for the second time on Friday to discuss a â€śblack agendaâ€ť for the president, Politic365 reports. The coalition stated it will urge Mr. Obama to mention an urban jobs plan in his State of the Union speech on Feb. 12.
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