In this week’s fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org highlight a claim that President Donald Trump made about the nation’s job growth.
During his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, the president took credit for “creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time.” That’s wrong.
In fact, the nation has now experienced positive job growth for 83 straight months, dating to early 2010, and job gains have been fewer in the first seven months under Trump than they were during the same time frame in each of the previous four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The economy added 1,189,000 net new jobs since Trump took office in January. That’s slightly fewer than the 1,375,000 jobs added in the preceding seven months.
It’s also fewer jobs than were added during the same time period of 2016 (1,422,000), 2015 (1,547,000), 2014 (1,734,000) and 2013 (1,384,000).
For more information on this and other claims the president made in his Sept. 19 speech, please see our article, “Trump’s U.N. Speech.” All of the fact-checking videos as part of our collaboration with Tapper can be found on our website.