America is great again.
Why? Because, in Donald Trump’s first full month as president, the economy added 235,000 jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Boom. And so the Drudge Report went ahead and declared Trump’s hat’s mission accomplished.
Trump retweeted Drudge’s enthusiasm.
It’s worth pointing out, though, that the 235,000 jobs added — a figure that could be revised next month — is not the biggest gain we’ve seen in recent months. In fact, former president Barack Obama enjoyed 30 months during which the number of jobs rose more by more than 235,000.
Nine of those happened just since Trump announced his candidacy, including January’s numbers.
Presumably, the Drudge Report was similarly celebratory. Let’s see, thanks to DrudgeReportArchives.com.
(The missing image in the screenshot is a function of the archive not capturing it.)
The July 2015 numbers were released the day after the first Republican primary debate, which dominated Drudge’s attention. (Jobs numbers for a month are released the first Friday of the following month, which is why February’s are just out.) The jobs increase — which was below 235,000 before revisions — merited some red-text hand-wringing about the number of Americans not in the labor force. Since the unemployment rate is calculated only against the number of people in the labor force — that is, looking for work or employed — more people out of the labor force can shift the unemployment rate down.
But more over, it seems like a big number of unemployed people: 94 million people out of work, almost! Of course, that includes retirees and people in college and those who have a disability. Anyway, we’ll come back to this number.
A celebratory Drudge splash for a 271,000-jobs gain.
The jobs numbers came out shortly after the San Bernardino attacks. These numbers also were later revised upward.
Similar to October’s splash.
By March of last year, 2016 presidential primary voting was underway. The jobs numbers were released after yet another debate, but notice that Drudge leavened the jobs figure with a number about the trade deficit.
The June jobs numbers came out after the murders of police officers in Dallas. Drudge still reported the figures — but now included that number not in the labor force alongside the jobs increase. He also put an uptick in the unemployment rate above the topline jobs number.
A happy face! And an asterisk.
Another emoji for September, but not a smiley one. The unrevised jobs numbers released a month before the election shared space with various critiques of the Clintons and, in red, a worry about the number of people not in the labor force.
In case you were curious, the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of people not in the labor force right now at 94,190,000 — a bit more than in September.
It’s not mentioned on the Drudge Report.