After President Trump’s first full month in office, he’s touting new job growth numbers as a result of his policies. But he’s omitting the context.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which operates under the purview of the U.S. Department of Labor, just published the jobs numbers for February — Donald Trump’s first complete month in office since his inauguration — which showed that the U.S. economy added some 235,000 new jobs last month, with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.7 percent. To celebrate, Trump retweeted a tweet from the right-wing Drudge Report with the text “GREAT AGAIN” and a link to the jobs report:
GREAT AGAIN: +235,000 https://t.co/GkockGNdtC
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 10, 2017
However, Tom Perez, the current chair of the Democratic National Committee who previously served as former President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor, said the new jobs numbers are the result of the Obama economy churning along as it did the past eight years.
“The Washington Wizards, I’m a Wizards fan, they have one of the best records in the NBA since Jan. 20, and Donald Trump has about as much to do with that as he has to do with these 235,000 jobs report,” Perez said in an interview on MSNBC.
Perez cited numbers from the Obama administration, in which — as Dan Rather’s News and Guts reported — more jobs were added than lost for 76 consecutive months. And for four months of 2016, job growth was greater than February of 2017. This chart using Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers dating back to the Great Recession shows that the Obama administration grew jobs at a consistent rate throughout the majority of his tenure.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.