April Unemployment Numbers Do Not Tell The Full Story

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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018, during a Prison Reform Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018, during a Prison Reform Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018, during a Prison Reform Summit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

There is a contradiction on the economy. As this White House claims a great economy with a 3.9% overall unemployment rate for April, the devil is in the details according to Gene Sperling, the former National Economic Advisor in the Obama and Clinton administrations and the National Economic Council.  Wage gains have been weak and Black unemployment remains high compared to other groups, especially for Black teens.

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