Despite the overall drop in joblessness, the unemployment rate for African Americans rose to 16.8 per cent from 16.7 per cent in April and for Asian workers it rose to 15 per cent from 14.5 per cent.
Not true and not illegal, tweeted Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey after US President Donald Trump accused the micro-blogging site of pulling his campaign video showing empathy for peaceful protesters. Today he hit a new new low when he used the memory of George Floyd to tout a report on ... job creation in May.
The clip, which shows photos and videos of protest marches and instances of violence in the aftermath of the death of Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota, has Trump speaking in the background.
While the unemployment rate dipped for white and Hispanic workers, for African Americans, it nudged up by a tenth of a point.
"For the president to try to put any other words in the mouth of George Floyd, I frankly think it's despicable", he said. "We can't let that happen", Trump said of Floyd, who was killed as a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. The White House called such an interpretation "false". Defying health experts, the president has aggressively encouraged states to re-open and has assailed state leaders by name who resist.
The almost four-minute clip posted on Wednesday shows images of peaceful protests while Trump speaks of the "grave tragedy" before moving to a warning about violence from "radical leftwing groups" amid scenes of unrest and looting.
Construction, healthcare and retail also added jobs in what proved to be a record monthly employment gain of 2.5 million jobs on the heels of April's record loss of 20.7 million positions. And for the second straight month, the Labor Department acknowledged making errors in counting the unemployed during the virus outbreak, saying the real figure is worse than the numbers indicate.
That drew a rebuke from former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who noted that Floyd's last words were "I can't breathe" as a police officer kneeled on his neck.
Biden said Trump's celebration while so many Americans were still struggling was a sign of how out of touch he was.
"It's time for him to step out of his own bunker, take a look around at the consequences", Biden said. In addition, the report from mid-May doesn't reflect the effect that protests across the nation have had on business. Only one of every nine jobs lost because of the pandemic has been recovered, and the specter of corporate bankruptcies hangs over the recovery.
As the money from the PPP program runs out, there could be another round of layoffs, warned Sung Won Sohn, an economist at Loyola Marymount University. The clip has garnered more than 1.4 million views on YouTube and Facebook combined.
Now, though, Trump said states and cities should be lifting remaining restrictions.