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African-American jobless rate hits record low in December

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Years of steady hiring and economic growth have delivered a cumulative benefit for at least one group that hasn’t always shared in America’s prosperity.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972. The reasons range from a greater number of black Americans with college degrees to a growing need for employers in a tight job market to widen the pool of people they hire from.

“The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News!” U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet Saturday.

Still, the rate for black workers remains well above those for whites and some other groups, something experts attribute in large part to decades of discrimination and disadvantages.Speech

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