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What Will It Take For Blacks To See Obama Policies Are Harming Them Most

The U.S. jobs report for March was a big disappointment.

According to the Labor Department, only 126,000 jobs were added last month far below estimates of 247,000.

The report marked the first time in a year where the job numbers fell below 200,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also lowered the jobs created in January and February by 69,000.

Disappointing job numbers coupled with a decline in durable goods orders in February adds to the concerns about the overall strength of the U.S. economy.

Black Americans continue to suffer the most under President Obama’s economy.

The unemployment rate for all Americans remained at 5.5 percent but the black unemployment rate was 10 percent, more than twice the rate of whites at 4.7 percent.

For black teens the unemployment rate was 25 percent, down from 30 percent. The white teen rate was 15.7 percent.

In March, the black labor participation rate also dropped.


According to the BLS, the more than 12 million black people not in the labor force in March means that they did not have a job or actively seek one in the past four weeks. The number climbed from 12,122,000 in February to 12,202,000 in March, an increase of 80,000.

The labor force participation rate for this group, which is the percentage of the population who participated in the labor force by either having a job or actively seeking one, declined from 61.2 percent in February to 61.0 percent in March.

While the black unemployment rate usually runs twice that of whites, the gap has grown since the 2008 economic crisis.

The widening gap between blacks and whites was recognized by the Economic Policy Institute – a politically progressive organization.

“The unemployment rate for black communities is at a crisis level, even as the economy gets closer and closer to a full recovery,” said Valerie Wilson, an economist at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute.

The unemployment rate for blacks is typically twice as high as the rate for whites, she said, but since the recession, that gap has increased. While white unemployment dropped to 4.5 percent in the last quarter of 2014, for example, black unemployment remained at 11 percent. Median hourly wages for black workers have dropped by 3.6 percent since the start of the recession, falling twice as much as for whites.

Not only are blacks falling further behind whites, Obama’s energy policy is making electricity prices skyrocket and will compound their economic plight. Black Americans have the lowest average income and higher utility prices will drain their disposable income more than other demographic groups that have a higher income.

The sad truth is Obama’s policies are harming his most loyal voter bloc the most and it’s only going to worse.


Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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