Fact Checker: Manufacturing jobs

February 12, 2013

“After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three.”


Obama again is cherry-picking a jobs number. The low point for manufacturing jobs was reached in January of 2010, and so there has been a gain of 500,000 jobs since then. But Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that the number of manufacturing jobs is still 600,000 fewer than when Obama took office in the depths of the recession — and 1.8 million fewer than when the recession began in December, 2007.

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