The most-quoted line from Donald Trump’s speech introducing his presidential campaign was about undocumented Mexican immigrants being rapists and drug lords. Less incendiary, yet equally dubious, was his description of the economy. "There are no jobs,” he said, "because China has our jobs and Mexico has our jobs. They all have jobs.”
This wasn’t true then. But it’s even less true now. Here’s a brief tour of economic developments since Trump’s June 2015 address:
Since June 2015, the economy has created more than 3.2 million jobs— more than the number of jobs in 38 separate states and roughly equal to the number of workers in states like Massachusetts or Washington. In the last 15 months, the labor force has added another Bay State.
When Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate was passing 8 percent on its way to 10 percent. But U.S. unemployment has now been at 5 percent or below every month for a full year.
The economy created 11 million jobs under President Obama, which is (literally) quasi-infinitely more than the number of jobs created under President George W. Bush, since his jobs created total was about 400,000 below zero. The economy has now added jobs for 73 consecutive months, a record.