No, Donald Trump Hasn't Created A Million Jobs

One of the most aggravating claims from the Obama administration is the claim that they were creating jobs every time a jobs report came out. Conservatives would rightly object, saying the government doesn’t actually create jobs. At best, government creates the conditions for jobs to be created or destroyed.


Obama was more of a destroyer than a creator. Jobs were created as his term went on despite him rather than because of him. A natural, non-government recovery occurred within the economy.

That recovery continues under Trump’s watch, but, like we said with Obama, Trump isn’t actually creating jobs. Yet, it is pretty much guaranteed that he and his rabid followers will tout this piece from the Politico:

With the Labor Department reporting Friday that the economy added 209,000 jobs in July, Trump can finally say, truthfully, that he’s created more than a million jobs since entering office. Trump tweeted shortly after the report’s release: “Excellent Jobs Numbers just released – and I have only just begun. Many job stifling regulations continue to fall. Movement back to USA!”

July’s jobs number was a decrease from June, when the economy added 231,000 jobs. But unemployment ticked down to 4.3 percent, compared to June’s 4.4 percent. Average hourly private-sector earnings were up 2.5 percent over the previous year, as they were in June.

No. Trump cannot truthfully say that he created a million jobs. It is not honest. Trump repealed some regulations that hampered job growth, but he, even as a businessman, did not create any jobs anywhere.


What is happening with the economy is that business owners feel more comfortable hiring and people looking for jobs are getting more opportunities to work. This is not the direct result of Trump, but it is a side effect of him.

The idea that government creates jobs is exactly how we got where we are. Government, contrary to popular (liberal) opinion, does not need to be involved in every aspect of American life. It’s insane to think that when conservatism is specifically about reducing government’s role.

However, there is no doubt going to be a segment of Trump’s base who go out and thank Trump for creating a million jobs. Because it’s incorrect only when the other side does it.


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