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Obamas broken promise to jobless blacks

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"Today's economy has made it easier to fall into poverty. … Every American is vulnerable to the insecurities and anxieties of this new economy. And that's why the single most important focus of my economic agenda as president will be to pursue policies that create jobs and make work pay," Obama said that day to his mostly black audience.

At that time, the nation's overall unemployment rate was 4.7%. Whites had a jobless rate of 4.2% wile the black unemployment rate stood at 8.1%. Today, the black rate is 15.5%, nearly double that of white job-seekers.

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By DeWayne Wickham at USATODAY.

 


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