President Trump claim that unemployment is at a record low


“We’ve fulfilled so many of our promises, everything we’ve wanted to do we’re doing. Unemployment is at a record low, jobs are flowing back into the country.”— President Trump, remarks in a robo-call for Sen. Luther Strange, Aug. 14, 2017 In a recording for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who faced a competitive primary, President Trump made a rather bold statement — that “unemployment is at a record low.” We realize the standards for facts in robo-calls is rather low — Trump has fulfilled only six of 60 key promises he made before election — but this is still a rather startling claim, especially for a president who took office only about seven months ago. The Facts The short answer is that this is false. The unemployment rate in July was 4.3 percent. It was 4.8 percent in January, when Trump took office, so it was already rather low. Moreover, six of the past 12 presidents could brag of an unemployment rate lower than 4.3 percent. It was as low as 4.2 percent under George W. Bush, 3.9 percent under Bill Clinton, 4.2 percent under Richard Nixon, 3.4 percent under Lyndon B. Johnson, 2.5 percent under Dwight D. Eisenhower and 2.7 percent under Harry Truman. The current rate is the lowest in 16 years — at the start of George W. Bush’s presidency — and sometimes Trump gets that right, sometimes he gets it wrong. “The unemployment rate is at a 16-year-low,” he said on Aug. 11. That same day, he also said: “The unemployment rate just came out. It’s the lowest it’s been in 18 years.”