Donald Trump Jr. says unemployment numbers are 'artificial,' but that's a lie

Jul 26, 2016
You can disagree about the health of the economy, but to say the Bureau of Labor Statistics makes stuff up is baseless.
Donald Trump, Jr. thinks employment numbers are made to look the Obama administration look good. 
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June jobs numbers better than anticipated

Jul 8, 2016
A far cry from last month's report. But what about the big picture?
A job searcher holds an employment application as he attends a career fair in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Iowa's jobless rate more impressive than its economy

Feb 1, 2016
Iowa has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and a sluggish economy.
Two farm workers finished combining corn on a family farm near Burlington, Iowa. 
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Take the jobs report with a grain of salt

Nov 7, 2014
And maybe some pepper too. We don't actually know how many jobs there are.

Good news! The unemployment rate is 6.1 percent

Sep 5, 2014
Bad news, the unemployment rate is (still) 6.1 percent.

Why a declining jobless rate may be worse than you think

Jan 10, 2014
The labor force participation rate (LFPR) hasn’t been this low since the late 1970s.

If the unemployment rate drops below 7 percent...

Jan 10, 2014
The unemployment number has to fall further for the Fed to feel it's safe to start withdrawing extraordinary support from the economy.
A pedestrian walks by a 'now hiring' sign that is posted in the window of a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.
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Better late than never: Government jobs report

Oct 22, 2013
A lackluster jobs report has many economists worried about a slowing economy, especially since the partial government shutdown.