The August jobs report was awful. Unemployment rate went down from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent but nonfarm payrolls increased by a dismal 96,000. — Dylan Matthews
Unemployment and Payroll NumbersUnemployment went down, but that’s because people dropped out of the labor force, not because a healthy number of jobs were created. It fits with the pattern of stagnation of the past few months.Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dylan Matthews for The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.