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TRUMP: "I am the least racist person. Black ... Unemployment is the lowest (BEST) in the history of the United States!" β€” tweet Tuesday.

THE FACTS: Trump is seeking credit he doesn't deserve for black job growth.

It's true that black unemployment did reach a record low during the Trump administration: 5.9% in May 2018. It currently stands at 6%.

But many economists view the continued economic growth since the middle of 2009, when Obama was in office, as the primary explanation for hiring. More important, there are multiple signs that the racial wealth gap is now worsening and the administration appears to have done little, if anything, to specifically address this challenge.

The most dramatic drop in black unemployment came under Obama, when it fell from a recession high of 16.8% in March 2010 to 7.8% in January 2017.

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Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro, Colleen Long, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Paul Wiseman in Washington, Lisa Marie Pane in Boise, Idaho, and Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this report.

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