The Latest Jobs Report Is Out And Trump’s Going to Be Furious

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump claimed he would be “the greatest jobs president God ever created.”

As President, Trump likes to take credit for any jobs added to the U.S. economy, and has incorrectly claimed it has created “over 1 million since I’ve been in office, way over 1 million.”

In November, employers added 228,000 jobs, which is a continuation of a trend that’s been going on each month for several years. University of Michigan economist, Justin Wolfers, told The Hill the “jobs market remains splendidly, relentlessly dull.”

But if Trump wants to take credit for those numbers, he should also know that unless the December jobs numbers end up being solid, it will fall short of the 2.24 million jobs posted during President Obama’s last year in office.

On the heels of the monthly jobs report, Fox News Research tweeted out the average monthly job gains in the period of January to November over the last eight years:

Average Monthly Job Gains
-January through November
2017: +174,000
2016: +190,000
2015: +225,000
2014: +249,000
2013: +205,000
2012: +173,000
2011: +171,000
2010: +89,000

Based on these numbers, Trump’s average for 2017 is the weakest average monthly job gains in five years. You have to go back to the end of The Great Recession in 2012 to find averages during the Obama era that dipped as low.

Then again, during the Obama administration, Trump was fond of calling the jobs reports “fake.” He did so at least 19 times. Trump has since retweeted jobs report figures when they appear to make him look good. Former press secretary Sean Spicer once said that while the jobs reports “may have been phony in the past, it’s very real now.”