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Social media users on Friday balked at a chart posted online by the White House, saying President Biden had created many more jobs than any other commander-in-chief.
“Never,” the post boasted.
The chart – which appeared on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – was released just hours after a disappointing jobs report showed hiring was well below expectations in December.
While figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics seemed accurate, the raw data failed to show important context.
The talking point that Biden has created more jobs than any other president is one of his favorites – but it ignores population and workforce growth, nor that many recently created jobs were lost in a sharp decline. in employment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
HIRING IN THE UNITED STATES IN DECEMBER AS THE ECONOMY ADDS ONLY 199,000 NEW JOBS
The economy still has 5 million jobs below the peak reached before the pandemic, according to Politifact.
Social media users were quick to point out what many interpreted to be a White House twist.
“What world do you guys live in ?!” wrote a commentator, as well as several laughing emojis and clowns.
“It’s a joke, isn’t it?” another wrote.
A third said: “I have to say that one thing this administration is great at is skewing tables and graphs.”
“Who’s there for the comments lol,” another user joked.
“I don’t think ‘created’ means what you think it does ……” someone else posted.
Biden defended the economy under his leadership on Friday.
“There has been a lot of media coverage of people leaving their jobs,” he said from the White House. “Well, today’s report tells you why – Americans are moving into better jobs. It’s the kind of recovery I promised and hoped for, for the American people.”
While economic experts expected 400,000 new jobs to be created in the last report of the year, it was a dismal 199,000.
Yet the unemployment rate remains low – as Biden frequently points out – 3.9% versus 4.2% – the lowest level since the start of the pandemic.
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The labor market had gained momentum after a delta-induced slowdown over the summer, but the latest figure represents the second consecutive month of worse-than-expected growth, after revised upward gains of 249,000 in November and 648,000 in October. The last time job growth was this slow was in December 2020, when employers cut 306,000 jobs.