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Trump, during a Pennsylvania campaign rally, deceptively trumped to cheering MAGA fans, that Pennsylvania's "unemployment rate has reached an all-time low." This was one of 22 false claims Trump made during that Hershey, Pa rally according to news accounts.

As the old saying goes: figures never lie but liars figure.

Yes, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in October 2018 and was 4.1 percent in October 2019, but the September 2018 rate was 4.0 percent. If the more accurate federal measure of unemployment is used the U6 rate not the U3 rate used by politicians and the news media Pennsylvania's October 2019 unemployment rate is eight percent"the same figure as September 2018.

The county in Pennsylvania that registered the largest growth in unemployment was the lightly populated Cameron a county in that state's northwestern tier that is 99 percent white and an area that gave 74 percent of its votes to Trump in 2016.

Trump, at that Hershey rally, also renewed his claims that he's improved unemployment among African-Americans, despite the fact that the state's unemployment rate for blacks in October 2019 was 7.8 percent, higher than the 3.6 percent rate for whites. Historically, the unemployment rate among blacks nationwide has remained double that of whites, a product of systemic discrimination that Trump policies/practices have not dissipated.

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Linn Washington is a co-founder of This Can't Be Happening.net. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and problems in the news media. He teaches multi-media urban journalism at Temple (more...)
 

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