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Monday, July 18, 2016

Full-Time Job Growth? Who has the better record? Democrats or Republicans? (Updated for November 2016)

Who do YOU trust to grow the number of jobs in this country?

CNN floated a poll in July 2016 which showed that Trump had an 8% advantage over Clinton when it came to the economy...  Back in July, MORE people... 8% MORE people... actually thought that Trump would be better for the economy!!  What kind of idiocy is that?  (And now we will get to see what Trump might do to the economy.)  Let's not forget that we were losing 800,000 jobs a month (net) when Obama took over!   

Now we have the HIGHEST number of job openings EVER and the LOWEST number of people filing for initial unemployment benefits in 40 (FORTY) years!  From the Department of Labor, released this morning December 8, 2016: 

This marks 92 consecutive weeks of initial (unemployment) claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1970.

Trump?  Republicans?

But people trust Trump and the Republicans on the economy? Here's a quick simple graph:  If you care about full-time job growth, you can easily see which party has the best record (as a percent) of growth in full-time workers over the last 48 years, the period of time for which this data is available online.

Look at this chart and then answer that question at the top again:  
Who do you trust to grow the number of full-time jobs in this country?  (And notice that the largest increase in the percentage of full-time workers STILL belongs to the much-maligned Jimmy Carter.)

Updated for November 2016:  7.3% means that we have 7.3% MORE full-time workers out there than we did in January 2013, when Obama's second term began.  Data is from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) site, table LNS12500000 (Full-time workers, seasonally adjusted).  Obama's second term began with 115,759,000 full-time workers, and we now have 124,202,000 full-time workers.

Share widely, especially with your Republican-leaning friends. The propaganda is absurd.  And don't allow any Republicans and Trump fans you come across to talk about "economic stagnation" and "no recovery".  That's just plain stupid.

And if the recovery is not as robust as many would hope, blame constant obstruction from a Republican Congress.  We can only imagine how many more jobs we'd have now if the Republicans actually cared about this country and about the people in it vs. just trying to get control back from the Democrats.  (You may have to click on the graph to get a good look at it.)

And, President-Elect Trump, we'll be watching you!  

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