Fox News praised President Donald Trump on Feb. 3 for the last Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report under President Obama (video below).
Trump was in office for 11 days in January. He froze federal hiring — except for the military, national security, public safety — on Jan. 23, noted The New York Times.
Fox News correspondent Heather Nauert described the “first jobs report under President Trump” as “fantastic news” on Feb. 3.
Nauert did not mention President Obama, but called the 227,000 new jobs created in January “great news on the jobs front this morning,” and added “the president will call that huuuuge.”
University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee, a former chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, tweeted on Feb. 3: “This jobs report predates Trump. Reference week for the numbers is January 12th.”
Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post tweeted: “Re today’s jobs report: The data was collected on or about the 12th of January. So this still reflects the Obama administration.”
MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes that unemployment did go up from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent in January, but has stayed under 5 percent for the 16th month in a row.
Benen also says that 2.24 million new jobs were added in 2016, and that January was “the 76th consecutive month of positive job growth, which is the longest on record.”
Benen notes that he is being consistent because he credited the January 2009 jobs report to President George W. Bush.
CNSNews.com, a frequent critic of President Obama, referred to January’s report as the “final jobs report of the Obama presidency,” and said that the “number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 14,573,000 (18.09 percent) since January 2009.”
The number of Americans not in the labor force includes people over the age of 16 (who may be in school), retirees, people who became disabled, people who have given up looking for work, new stay-at-home moms, those who cannot find a job and others.
Sources: The New York Times, Media Matters, Austan Goolsbee/Twitter, MSNBC, CNSNews.com, Glenn Kessler/Twitter / Photo Credit: Heather Nauert/Twitter