WASHINGTON, D.C. – The May jobs report shows the U.S. unemployment remains at recession levels, with the jobless rate standing at an abysmal 13.3 percent. The unemployment rate among the African American community ticked up to a staggering 16.8 percent.
“Our economy is deeply broken. While the stock market is surging again, unemployment is staggeringly high and 1 in 4 Americans are skipping meals or relying on food donations,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “The nation is reeling on multiple fronts, but the Trump administration only seems capable of fanning the flames of racism and exacerbating economic division. Today’s jobs report is a reflection of how deeply this administration has failed the American people, particularly people of color who have suffered record job losses on account of the crisis.”
With millions of American unemployed, underemployed or struggling to put food on the table, President Trump is celebrating today’s jobs numbers as “joyus”. It is that same out-of-touch leadership that has failed the American people on several fronts – from public health and economic security to social justice.