On Meet the Press today, NAACP Chief Ben Jealous said, ”Right now when you look at joblessness in this country — the country is pretty much back to where it was when this President started. White people are doing a bit better. Black folks are doing a full point worse.”
“The big issues of this day also include marriage equality and immigration reform — they include making sure that we lift all boats,” Jealous said. ”With this President having said we need to invest in a strategies that lifts all boats — we know that some boats are clearly stuck, the question is will Congress join him in getting those boats unstuck too,” the NAACP President concluded.
In January 2009 when President Obama took office the Black unemployment rate was 12.7%. The best Black jobless number during Obama’s first term was 12.9% in November 2012. The worst during Obama’s first term was September 2011 with 16.7% — the highest Black unemployment number since 1983 according to the Department of Labor.