From [NY Times] and [MORE] Wait a minute, didn’t President Trump say he had inherited a mess? Yet there he was on Friday retweeting a Twitter post about the solid February jobs report. “GREAT AGAIN:+235,000.”
He may want to take credit for the 235,000 jobs created last month, but at this early stage of his administration, the tally reflects trends established under President Obama.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the economy created 235,000 jobs in February 2017 and the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, building on a record-breaking 77-month streak of job creation dating to 2010:
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.
The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised down from +157,000 to +155,000, and the change for January was revised up from +227,000 to +238,000. With these revisions, employment gains in December and January combined were 9,000 more than previously reported. Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 209,000 per month. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2017]
February 2017 Report Is The First BLS Data Release Of Trump’s Presidency. The February 2017 report, released on March 10, marked the first jobs and unemployment data released by the BLS to reflect labor market conditions during the Trump administration. Fox News and other right-wing outlets had mistakenly hyped positive jobs data for January, which were released on February 3, as “great” and “fantastic news” for Trump even though the reference week for those data ended before he took office. [Media Matters, 2/3/17]
Trump Retweets Matt Drudge: “GREAT AGAIN: +235,000.” Minutes after the jobs report was released, President Donald Trump’s official Twitter account retweeted right-wing conspiracy peddler Matt Drudge summarizing the jobs data as “GREAT AGAIN: +235,000.” Drudge linked to an article from Bloomberg that notes that the jobs report, which included a spike in construction employment, may have been buoyed by unseasonably warm weather last month:
Remember When Cable News Helped Trump Push His Conspiracy Theory That Jobs Numbers Were “Phony”?
February 2016: “It's A Phony Number, Bill. The Number Is 25 Percent, And Probably Higher Than That.” During an appearance on the February 5, 2016, edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Trump, then a presidential candidate, falsely claimed that the real unemployment rate was “25 percent, and probably higher,” in response to the suggestion that President Barack Obama deserved credit for bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.9 percent -- its lowest point in eight years: [see video at top] [MORE]