By Henry Rodgers
Only one member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) clapped during President Donald Trump’s comments about low black unemployment at his first State Of The Union address Tuesday night.
Florida Democratic Rep. Al Lawson was seen clapping for Trump’s comments about the success of the economy, specifically African-American unemployment, as cameras immediately turned to the group during his speech. Other members of the CBC refused to stand or applaud his comments on the low unemployment claims for African-Americans since he has taken office.
“Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages,” Trump said. “Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”
Lawson has been serving Florida’s 5th congressional district since 2017. Prior to this position, Lawson served in the Florida Legislature for 28 years.
Overall, roughly 480,000 African-Americans received new jobs in 2017, compared to the 1.2 million white Americans who received new employment in 2016 under former President Barack Obama.
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