Peggy Joseph and Julia were unavailable for comment

Who make up Obama’s base? African Americans and women of all races are his core of support. So, how are they doing?

Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November.

Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the sluggish economic recovery of the past several years, despite the steady decline in overall unemployment in the economy generally.

The number of employed African Americans actually fell in December – a month that typically sees a spike in job creation as employers add temporary positions to handle the holiday shopping season.

And that’s your Happy New Year Edition of the the Hopenchange Update.

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