Another False Narrative - Black Unemployment At Record Lows

Authored by Jim Quinn via The Burning Platform blog,

An alternative headline, which would show the true picture, would be:

Number of Black People Not in the Labor Force Reaches an All-Time High

As with the other BLS “data”, it is amazing how when you change the rules everything looks better.

The BLS reported black unemployment at 6.8% in December, an all-time low. That’s kind of funny, considering around 40% of working age black people are not working. These statistics do not include the 2 to 3 million black men sitting in prison.

It is easy to lie with statistics.

The 6.8% rate is the lowest, but a little comparison to 2007 reveals the lie. This was before the financial crisis and the need to spin the data in a positive manner.

  • The total population of working age black people went up from 27.5 million to 32.5 million, a 5 million increase. The number of employed blacks went from 16.1 million to 18.8 million, a 2.7 million increase. A critical thinking person might question how their unemployment rate could drop from 8.3% to 6.8% in this scenario.
  • As usual, the BLS is peddling with a straight face that 2.3 million black Americans have it so good they voluntarily decided to leave the labor force and live off their accumulated wealth. The absurdity of this contention is beyond the pale.
  • In 2007 the black participation rate was 63.7%. Today it hovers near an all-time low of 62.1%. It has fallen from 62.3% since Trump ascended to the throne.
  • In 2007 the black employment to population ratio was 58.4%. Today it sits at 57.9%. Does this appear to be a positive development?
  • It gets even better when you look at 1999 data. The black participation rate was 65.8%, the employment to population ratio was 60.6%, and a much more accurate unemployment rate of 8% was being calculated.
  • Using the flawed and manipulated BLS methodology, black unemployment would be 9% to 10% if the participation rate was at 2007 levels. Not exactly an all-time low. Using the 1999 methodology would show an unemployment rate of 12%, almost double the bullshit number being peddled today.

More black people working is a good thing. If Trump has the balls to keep de-funding giveaways to the free shit army, they will be forced to get jobs. That would be a good thing for the black community and the country.

But, lets not pretend black unemployment is currently at all-time lows. It’s a false narrative.



hedgeless_horseman Gap Admirer Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:22 Permalink…


Many Americans, like Mr. Muzik, clearly believe they and their Mamma are entitled to free food, housing, public utilities, transportation, healthcare, education, and, "that shit." For a black twenty-something like Mr. Muzik, I imagine that much of his life has actually been that way. The thought simply may not occur to him that either he, or his mother, should work at a job to provide things like food for the family, rather than rely on others to provide for them, as my livestock rely on me for food, shelter, veterinary care, etc.

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headhunt Bes Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:34 Permalink

You're retarded in the world of fact.

Unfortunately, blacks, with the help of zero and the likes of Pelosi have been indoctrinated into believing they 'deserve' free-shit.

When a person believes they 'deserve' free-shit paid for by other working people... 'there's your problem'

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Bes headhunt Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

Trump quotes:

Sep. 7, 2012

“Unemployment rate only dropped because more people are out of labor force & have stopped looking for work. Not a real recovery, phony numbers”

Oct. 19, 2012
"7.8% unemployment number is a complete fraud as evidenced by the jobless claims number released yesterday. Real unemployment is at least 15%”

Aug. 11, 2013
“We can rev up this economy like it should be, not with false numbers like 7.4 percent unemployment. But with real numbers.”

May 31, 2014
“Unemployment is a totally phony number.”

June 16, 2015
“Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don't believe the 5.6. Don't believe it.”

Aug. 11, 2015
“Then you hear there's a 5.4 percent unemployment. It's really — if you add it up, it's probably 40 percent if you think about it.”

Aug. 30, 2015
“They show those phony statistics where we are 5.4 percent unemployment. The real number, I saw a number that could be 42 percent, believe it or not.”

Sept. 28, 2015
“I hear 5.3 percent unemployment, that is the biggest joke there is in this country. That number is so false.”

Sept. 29, 2015
“The number is not reflective. I have seen numbers of 24 percent. I saw a number of 42 percent unemployment. … That number is so false.”

Oct. 9, 2015
“They say 5.3 percent employment. The number is probably 32 percent.”

Oct. 11, 2015
“Nobody has jobs. … It is not a real economy. It is a phony set of numbers. They cooked the books.”

Jan. 17, 2016
“Look again, you hear these phony jobs numbers? People that gave up looking for jobs? They are considered employed.”

Feb. 9, 2016
“Don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9 and 5 percent unemployment. As high as 35 — as in fact, I heard recently, 42 percent.”

March 12, 2016
“The numbers are phony. These are all phony numbers. Numbers given to politicians to look good. These are phony numbers.”

May 24, 2016
“You hear a 5 percent unemployment rate. It's such a phony number. That number was put in for presidents and for politicians so that they look good to the people.”

July 7, 2016
“The phony 5 percent numbers that we hear about with the unemployment.”

Aug. 8, 2016
“The 5 percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics.”

Nov. 4, 2016
“The terrible jobs report that just came out … you can see phony numbers, 5 percent.”

Dec. 8, 2016
“The unemployment number, as you know, is totally fiction.”

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SRV Bes Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:26 Permalink

If the "comparative" numbers are in Trump's favor, they are, then your data, while impressive, is kinda moot.

Even if they are BS, they are, the trend they represent is valid.

A bit hard to follow so lets say it as few words as possible... "You're an idiot with an agenda."

And, you are welcome.

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Endgame Napoleon hedgeless_horseman Sun, 01/07/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

Welp, that is just not how welfare works. First off, welfare is available almost exclusively to reward sex and reproduction, and that applies to illegal aliens as much as citizens, provided they have US-born kids and stay below the earned-income limit for welfare.

This can only be done in single-earner households.....with part-time workers. In the case of the illegal aliens, the workers are almost always men, not so with the single mom Americans. 

What this does is set up a system where parents have a financial incentive to accept part-time work at low-wage levels, driving wages down for the majority of Americans at that same wage level who do not qualify for welfare, or who qualify for a tiny amount of food stamps only for three months every three years. 

Welfare—(free EBT food, free or reduced-cost housing, monthly cash assistance, free electricity and child [earned-income] tax credits up to $6,444)—is available in increasing amounts per child produced.  

More white people, numerically speaking, are on welfare, but proportionally, more Black peoples are on it. Like the writer points out, the BLS data is put out there in a deceptive way that does not explain things. 

It would be interesting to see how many more Black, Hispanic (and white) American citizens would be employed, rather than part of that ignored and massive U6 number, if employers in this country were not hiring so many illegal aliens with welfare-buttressed monthly bills and a child tax credit that was just increased for illegal aliens and other part-time-worker parents.

Meanwhile, per-capita income is so low in many states that rent takes more than half of the monthly, full-time pay of citizens with earned-only income. Work simply does not pay when so many citizens and immigrants — legal and illegal — are paid by multiple government programs and the US Treasury Department to have sex and reproduce while working part time.

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Fiberton Gap Admirer Sun, 01/07/2018 - 16:30 Permalink

62.5% of Black America is on welfare but you think Gov will say it even when they have the numbers open to the public. All one has to do is take number on welfare decided by total Black population ..sep 2016 numbers say 62.5%.. non Hispanic white europeans not even 7%.. folks try to confuse everyone adding Hispanic with Europeans for white because Hispanic is high too.

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WatchingWithPopcorn HardAssets Sun, 01/07/2018 - 16:51 Permalink

Hey HardAssets,


There is no point in trying to tell people the truth on here. They downvote because it interferes with their internal narrative, and then accuse anyone who doesnt agree with them of being close minded.

They dont like it when someone else can hold more than one opposing viewpoint.

So they resort to things like 'Retard'.

I'd love to laugh about it, but its sad not funny.

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WatchingWithPopcorn PrintCash Sun, 01/07/2018 - 16:42 Permalink

Why do you assume that 'Team Blue' favours handouts? I know plenty of Dems that work hard and believe everyone else should too. They may not share my beliefs on many things, but saying that all Dems believe in 'rescuing' people isn't my experience.


Its this all or nothing thinking that is killing us. Republican = Universally Good. Democrat = Universally Bad.



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PrintCash WatchingWithPopcorn Sun, 01/07/2018 - 17:28 Permalink

Well, if blacks voted 95% Republicans, I’d say the same thing about Republicans.  I have given no oath to the Republican Party.  Actually, for years I’ve been telling republicans (small r as in the voters) they are being duped by their so called leaders, who are just there to hand out favors and tax dollars, just like the Dems.  What I do believe in is that individuals need to provide for themselves, including those who happened to be born with a particular skin color.  Your side (Dems and dems) seems to think that’s too much to ask.  And as long as they get votes, who the fuck cares about the results.  Question, why do you keep voting for a party that very obviously believes more in handouts and programs for poor people, rather than work and self sufficiency?  Also, show me proof, ie laws/regulations that are pushed/enacted/proclaimed by Team Blue that backs up your claim.  Talk is cheap.  

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AndSoItBegins Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:24 Permalink

Comparing apples to oranges to misinform and bash DJT.  The unemployment rate and the labor participation rate are different metrics. Don't let that stop you, facts never get in the way of the emotional deranged lefties.

Dr. Acula Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:25 Permalink

Look what jews do to black people!

"Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent" -…

"Israeli Doctors Stealing Organs In Haiti"

Blacks can only expect to be worse off under racist Israel puppet Trump and his jew kids.

"Ethiopians bear the brunt of Israeli state racism" -…

How can Trump defend this??

Dr. Acula headhunt Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:57 Permalink

"Muhammad, Israel’s most popular baby name, omitted from official list" -…

"Tamar, Muhammad top baby names in Israel for third straight year" -…


I think there is a resurgence of racism because at this point in time Israel has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Israel is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Goyim are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Israel to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and goyim will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Israel will not survive.

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Kagemusho Dr. Acula Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:47 Permalink

You want to know what's really funny? A lot of those (supposed) African Jews were brought to Israel by Israel.  Look up Operations MOSES and SOLOMON.

Ethiopian Jews and Israelis Exult as Airlift Is Completed:…

A generation later, The Chosen are choking and gagging on that imported chocolate. They're getting a  little taste of what people like Barbara Spectre  and her ideal of 'multiculturalism' has done to Europe for almost as long. Think of it as sideways karma...

Laugh your ass off:  Anti-Racist Hitler:

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Kagemusho Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:31 Permalink

It's not so much about jobs, but what kind of jobs, and who's qualified to fill them. No amount of Affirmative Action can take someone barely literate due to innate intellectual limitations and turn them into a  nuclear physicist.

Homer E. Rectus Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:31 Permalink

Now it's Trump's fault that he continues operating off the base of the lying statistical models embraced and created by his lying predecessors that few called out at the time.

LetThemEatRand Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:33 Permalink

Just another example of gaslighting the American public, along with the more generalized "everything is awesome in the economy" claim we hear from MSM daily, and now even alternative news sites (ZH excluded).  They want the average person to think that if they have any kind of economic woes, it is their own fault, not that the economy is actually in the shitter.  Can't get a good paying job in manufacturing?  Your fault!  There's lot of good jobs!  This narrative also helps keep people on the debt wagon.  If people were told how bad it really is and that it's not getting better (it isn't), they may hunker down and stop borrowing to keep up with the Joneses.    

hooligan2009 Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:36 Permalink

start to fix the problem by only allowing a vote if you contribute via taxes.

no representation without taxation.

you get benefits or get paid by the city/state/fed, you get a negative vote.

time to update democracy from no taxation without representation - subtle difference, but important.

Easyp Sun, 01/07/2018 - 13:37 Permalink

The culture needs to change because when 71% of African Americans are born into single parent families their life chances are zip from day one.

Status for the African is not based on how well they raised their children but on the number of women they impregnated over a lifetime.

Unfair?  Take a look at Obamas father's track record, a well educated fuck and run man.

Dr. Acula slightlyskeptical Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:37 Permalink

> employers not wanting to hire blacks

Trump is the worst example!

"Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s"…

The Trump family supports Jewish causes however:


Trump is OK with Jews but is racist against black people.

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