The Obama administration was a master at manipulating job statistics. For instance, the administration would count “part-time” jobs in their data and pass them off as full-time jobs data without referencing the distinction. We all know that part-time or seasonal work isn’t the same as finding a full-time job.
The Obama administration would also take great pride in creating government jobs. We all know that government creates/produces nothing. It simply strips resources and creates obstacles for private sector enterprises.
Mike Mulvaney, Trump’s Budget Director, attempted to explain this to CNN’s Jake Tapper and of course the media was quick to hit back.
Mick Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he has long thought the previous administration framed data to make the unemployment rate “look smaller than it actually was.”
“What you should really look at is the number of jobs created,” Mulvaney said on “State of the Union.” “We’ve thought for a long time, I did, that the Obama administration was manipulating the numbers, in terms of the number of people in the workforce, to make the unemployment rate — that percentage rate — look smaller than it actually was.”
The monthly report is based on two surveys. One queries American households to produce the unemployment rate, and the other surveys businesses about the number of jobs added or lost each month.
The BLS also publishes “alternative” measures of employment each month, which include many different metrics for the public and politicians to review.
In any event, we are seeing real job creation with President Trump. February saw the largest jobs report numbers in an extremely long time and the trend is looking up. Areas like manufacturing and construction are also seeing recent historic increases as the Trump Administration focuses on these industries.