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Fact Check: Black Americans Aren't In The 'Worst Shape' Ever

When Donald Trump says black America doesn't have anything to lose, he's wrong.

By Kate Grumke | October 9, 2016

During the second presidential debate, Donald Trump said, "You go into the inner cities and you see, it's 45 percent poverty. African Americans now 45 percent poverty in the inner cities. The education is a disaster. Jobs are essentially nonexistent. ... What do you have to lose? It can't get any worse."

African-Americans are doing a lot better now than at other points in history. Of course, that's a low bar.

Black unemployment is at one of its lowest points in decades. It's only been this low a few times since the '70s, and it fluctuates with the economy.

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But the black unemployment rate is consistently twice the white unemployment rate.

Donald Trump has said black youth unemployment is 58 percent. That's wrong. 

His number includes people not in the labor force, like full-time students. 

Black youth unemployment is actually about 19 percent. 

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Black Americans are also living longer. In 1900, on average, they only lived until their 30s. Now, they're living into their 70s.

But the wage gap between white and black workers has also widened since the '70s. 

And the black poverty rate is consistently higher than the poverty rates of other races in the U.S. 

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