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The key statistic inside the July jobs report no one is talking about

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 528,000 jobs were added to the economy in July, more than double the 258,000 economists had been expecting. We also learned the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5%. This was a welcome relief for the Biden administration after the previous week’s Commerce Department report showing the economy is staring down a recession.

However, hidden inside the Labor Department
report
was some bad news for black people, whose unemployment rate rose to 6% in July from 5.8% in June. This demographic group also saw a drop in the labor participation rate. For comparison, the
unemployment rate
stands at 3.9% for Hispanic Americans, 3.1% for whites, and 2.6% for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

The importance of the black vote, especially for Democrats, cannot be overstated. For decades, Democratic candidates have relied upon black support at the polls, so much so that the party has begun to take their support for granted.

And now that the latest jobs report confirms black people are losing their jobs at a higher rate than any other demographic, the black community should be asking Democrats and the Biden administration, “What have you done for us lately?”

There are some signs black Americans are waking up to the fact that Democrats really haven’t done anything to justify their perpetual loyalty. For example, former President Donald Trump made significant gains among the black community during the 2020 election.

Trump’s successful outreach to black voters represents a larger trend: Black support for Democrats has waned gradually since the 2012 election, when former President Barack Obama won 97% of the black vote. In 2016, Hillary Clinton received 93% of the black vote, and in 2020, President Joe Biden won 90%, according to Democratic data firm
From Catalist
.

However, since Biden took office, support for Democrats among black people has seen a more marked decline. A recent

Marist
apron asked voters which party’s candidate they would favor in their district if the congressional election were held today. Remarkably, black support for generic Republicans, which stood at 3% in
September
2021, they will decrease to 20%, which is close to a sevenfold increase. Over the same period, support among black Americans for Democrats fell from 80% in September 2021 to 72%.

A
Washington Post/

Ipsos
poll released in May shows a similar drop in approval for Biden among black voters.

While the shift away from the Democratic Party among black voters has been much less significant than among Hispanics, this trend could still prove deadly for the Democrats’ prospects in the midterm elections. In a close race, a 1- or 2-point shift in the black vote could sway the outcome.

Several Democratic organizers told the

Hill
they’ve been warning candidates “not to take black voters for granted ahead of the midterms, worried that the party isn’t listening to the community’s concerns in an election year where their vote could be decisive in key races.”

They also “expressed frustration that the Democratic Party consistently overlooks black voters until it’s too late, a sentiment common in previous election cycles.”

Cliff Albright, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, echoed this point, telling the Hill, “It’s not just about supporting communities or knocking on doors two weeks right before Election Day. There is no such thing as an off year, because there’s no being off from the issues that impact our communities.”

Are black voters beginning to understand that Democrats only care about getting their votes every two years? That the handouts Democrats promise them are nothing more than an attempt to keep them loyal to the party? And that it’s all part of their larger strategy to hold on to political power for generations to come?

Or perhaps black voters are moving away from Democrats for the same reason as so many others. The foolish policies of the Biden administration have cost everyone, driving up gas and food prices to record highs, sending the crime rates across the country into the stratosphere, and allowing millions of illegal immigrants to enter the country. And now, in the middle of a recession, Senate Democrats have passed a massive spending bill that will raise everyone’s taxes and triple one’s chances of suffering an IRS audit.

Democratic governance is a disaster. The sooner the country figures that out, the better.

Elizabeth Stauffer is a contributor to the

Washington Examiner
and the

Western Journal
. Her articles have appeared on many websites, including MSN, RedState, Newsmax, the Federalist, and RealClearPolitics. Please follow Elizabeth on
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or LinkedIn.

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