Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now–including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.
This weekend, President Obama took a beating for declaring the private sector “fine.” But he was correct. The real jobs crisis is in the public sector, and Obama’s the only one with a plan to fix it. Turns out, that’s also the only real plan to deal with black joblessness.
Today’s jobs report tells most Americans already what they already know: We’re still mired in joblessness. But Imara Jones argues we should really fear the larger problem: There remains no plan for getting unstuck.
The sudden, sharp drop in black unemployment that set economists buzzing in January appears to have in fact been so much statistical noise. The [February 2012 job numbers](http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t02.htm) are out and black unemployment went right back up, to 14.1 percent (roughly double that of white unemployment, a disparity that has held for decades).
Black unemployment dropped a whopping 3 percent in January, fueled by hiring of black men. Economists who’ve tracked black joblessness are waiting for the other shoe to drop–was it a statistical quirk, or is there a jobs renaissance afoot in black America?