Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pointed out at the DNC Summer meeting that the actual unemployment rate in the United States is higher than what the Obama administration has been telling the public.
“We need a movement which says when real unemployment, including those who have given up looking for work and those who are working part time is over 10% — when black youth unemployment is over 50%, that we need a massive jobs federal program to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure,” Sanders said,
President Obama often points to an unemployment rate that is at 5.3 percent; however, opponents of the administration say millions of unemployed Americans stopped looking for work all together and they are not included in the unemployment rate.
Sanders, though, stressed what the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls the U-6 which it defines as the “total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of all civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.”
Jesse Jackson criticized the administration last month saying Obama failed black Americans when it came it to unemployment.
“The unfinished business is this issue of targeting racial justice,” Jackson told International Business Times. “He has the view that racial injustice is something that requires a vote [in Congress],” Jackson said, referring to the president. “Blacks are without a targeted plan. Without one, we’ll never have an even playing field.”