By Michael Messina
Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to gain in the polls for the presidency was riddled with his usual word vomit during the debate on Wednesday night, but in the world of labor his comment about the jobs report jumped out as particularly, well, wrong.
“Last week as you know, the end of last week, they came out with an anemic jobs report. A terrible jobs report. I said, ‘Is that the last jobs report before the election?’ Because if it is, I should win easily. The report was so bad.”
- Donald Trump
Want to decide for yourself? Here are the jobs numbers from September, via the New York Times:
Employers added 156,000 positions in September, the Labor Department said on Friday, enough to accommodate new entrants to the labor force and entice back workers who dropped out after the Great Recession. The unemployment rate, which had been stuck at 4.9 percent since spring, ticked up slightly to 5 percent, but that was mostly because more people were drawn into the labor force by evidence that hiring is still going strong.
With that report, the words “anemic” or “bad” don’t really come to mind.
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