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Great Jobs Report Bad News for Dems: Hispanic Unemployment Rate At Historic Low

Great Jobs Report Bad News for Dems: Hispanic Unemployment Rate At Historic Low

What do Dems do with identity politics when traditional Dem voter groups are doing great?

Friday’s jobs report didn’t hold any good news for Democrats; the official unemployment rate remains steady at 4.9%.  The report also shows the jobless rate dropping among black people and historic jobless lows for Hispanics, with the Hispanic unemployment rate at 4.7%.

NPR reports:

The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.1 percent, unchanged from October.

“Employment growth has averaged 174,000 per month thus far this year, compared with an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016,” the agency’s acting Commissioner William J. Wiatrowski said of the report.

The number of unemployed people was “essentially unchanged at 6.6 million,” the bureau said. Of that number, 1.6 million are considered to be long-term unemployed — workers who have not had jobs for 27 weeks or more.

“Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for teenagers increased to 15.9 percent in November,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Other groups saw little change from the previous month.

. . . . The labor force participation rate remained at 62.7 percent in November; the BLS said that the employment-population ratio, which stands at 60.1 percent, has changed little since early 2017.

One area of marked improvement is in manufacturing.

NPR continues:

Responding to the news, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We’re especially pleased to see the manufacturing sector roaring back to life, adding a total of 159,000 jobs since President Trump took office after averaging a loss of more than 1,000 jobs per month during the last year of the previous administration.”

These were jobs that Democrats, including former president Obama, insisted were never coming back.  They may not on the levels of the mid-twentieth century, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a robust manufacturing sector. It seems we are moving in that direction.

Yahoo Finance notes:

Friday’s report largely indicates that in contrast to the last economic expansion, the U.S. manufacturing base is growing, or as Joe Quinlan, chief market strategist at U.S. Trust, wrote in a note this week, “the death of American manufacturing has been greatly exaggerated.”

Furthermore, Friday’s jobs report doesn’t bode well for Democrats who hope against hope that their stranglehold on minority voters won’t be shaken loose, that black and Hispanic people won’t notice that their lives are improving as their unemployment numbers drop.

On the campaign trail and throughout this first year of his presidency, President Trump has promised to work for all Americans and notably challenged black and Hispanic voters to take a look at their situation under Democrats and ask themselves what they have to lose in giving Trump a chance.

“Our government has totally failed our African American friends, our Hispanic friends and the people of our country. Period,” Trump said in Akron, Ohio, straying from the prepared remarks the campaign provided to reporters. “The Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities. For those hurting the most who have been failed and failed by their politician — year after year, failure after failure, worse numbers after worse numbers. Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody has seen. You can go to war zones in countries that we are fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities that are run by the Democrats. And I ask you this, I ask you this — crime, all of the problems — to the African Americans, who I employ so many, so many people, to the Hispanics, tremendous people: What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. I’ll straighten it out. I’ll straighten it out. What do you have to lose?”

The mostly white crowd cheered and then started chanting: “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!”

Trump continued: “And you know, I say it, and I’m going to keep saying it. And some people say: ‘Wow, that makes sense.’ And then some people say: ‘Well, that wasn’t very nice.’ Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living, in many cases, and, in many cases the way Hispanics are living, and I say it with such a deep-felt feeling: What do you have to lose? I will straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back. We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot. Look at the statistics. We’ll straighten it out. If you keep voting for the same failed politicians, you will keep getting the same results. They don’t care about you. They just like you once every four years — get your vote and then they say: ‘Bye, bye!'”

This message terrifies Democrats who worry that these reliable Democrat voters might actually look around and wonder not only what Democrats have done for them lately but what they have to lose by supporting the president and his party in upcoming elections.

The Washington Post reports:

The unemployment rate among Latino and Hispanic Americans fell to 4.7 percent in November, the lowest level on records since 1973.

That figure comes with an asterisk, though: Like other categories of the U.S. population, a smaller proportion of Latinos either have a job or are looking for one than before the Great Recession. Many have retired or are staying in school or caring for family members. The proportion of Latinos with jobs remains below its prerecession peak.

The Hispanic and Latino demographic group is an ethnic category that can include any race.

If the unemployment rate for minorities continues to drop in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, it will be the sitting president’s party asking “Are you better off now than you were [two] years ago?” rather than the challenger.


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The Dems will do what they always do and shout louder about racism and sexism and so on blah blah blah!

They have no answers.

Trump will eventually get crucified on the economy. After eight years of QE, Obama left him with a ticking time bomb of over-inflated equity prices and wrecks just waiting to happen in housing, student loans and car loans. One or more of these bubbles is bound to pop, and when it does it’ll trigger another recession which will all get blamed on Trump.

    Ward B. in reply to Paul. | December 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    You are absolutely correct in what you just said. Obama also more than doubled our national debt and that leaves us NO financial ability to attempt any kind of recovery.

    Neo in reply to Paul. | December 11, 2017 at 5:04 am

    You’re right, but remember, nearly everybody is invested in the notion that they can’t let the stock markets collapse as long as they can.

    Just look at 2008, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat Leadership worked long and hard to keep the failing housing market up .. if nothing else just so they could get out.

They will do what they always do, lie about it, expect and recieve no push back from the dinosaur media.

Not only have no answers, they don’t even know any of the questions.

“Identity politics” is their framing. The logical implication of progressives’ doctrine of diversity is institutional racism, sexism, etc., or judgment of individuals by the “color of their skin”. Diversity, including “identity politics”, is racism, sexism, anti-nativism, etc. It’s all Pro-Choice, and it all wicked solutions to sometimes hard problems.

What’s more amazing, we haven’t heard the usual suspects harrumph and bluster about how the *real* impact of a US President’s policies don’t *really* take effect until a year or eight after they’ve been put into place, therefore this amazing rebound in employment/stock prices/productivity that started about a day after DJT won the election *really* should be credited to the previous occupant, much the same as that nasty man Bush caused the whole economy to collapse for eight years after he was gone.

There are some lies too stupid for even Democrats to repeat, I guess.

Happy One Year Anniversary of Not-President Hillary, and looking forward to three more, at least.

Cicero of Arpinum | December 11, 2017 at 7:52 am

To some extent, the improved job numbers are due to improved economic/business outlook and in part, I suspect, to any dropoff in employment of illegal aliens.

If the Republicans had any brains, they would be shouting to the rooftops that illegal aliens take jobs and income from those currently at the bottom of the economic ladder, i.e., blacks and Latinos.

But, as Republicans are utterly clueless, they will forego the opportunity to spread the message.