Fact Checker: Six million new jobs

“After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs."

The president is cherry-picking a number that puts the improvement in the economy in the best possible light. The low point in jobs was reached in February of 2010, and there has indeed been a gain of  about 6 million jobs since then, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. But the data also show that since the start of his presidency, about 1.2 million jobs have been created— and the number of jobs in the economy is about 3.2 million lower than when the recession began in December, 2007

Glenn Kessler has reported on domestic and foreign policy for more than three decades. He would like your help in keeping an eye on public figures. Send him statements to fact check by emailing him, tweeting at him, or sending him a message on Facebook.
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