Fact check: Trump's 2019 State of the Union address!

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On the 5th of February president Trump gave the 2019 State of the Union Address (video, text), he claimed the following:

 

Claim 1: 

” In just over two years since the elections we have launched an unprecedented economic boom, we have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added six hundred thousands new manufacturing new jobs”

Fact check 1:

According to the below quoted official source, in the years 2017 and 2018 alltogether, the employment growth was 4.7 million (nonfarm sectors), the manufactoring employment increased by 491.000.

There is an uncertainty when comparing the figures because the “Union address” does not tell on which basis it’s figures had been obtained. If the “Union address” included the farm employees, the difference to the official figure would be diminished only inconsiderably, given the dimension as reported by the Wirtschaftskammer Österreich: from 2015 to 2016, farm employment increased by 36.000 from 2.525 to 2.561 million.

The official growth figures for the two years preceding (2.7 million in 2015, 2.2 in 2016) do not support the statement of an “unprecedentend boom”.

The source of the above figures is the report of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the calendar years 2017 and 2018 (nonfarm sectors only / manufactoring sector):

  • “in 2017, payroll employment growth totaled 2.1 million, compared with a gain of 2.2 million in 2016″ / “manufacturing added 196,000 jobs in 2017, following little net change in 2016 (-16,000)”,
  • “payroll employment rose by 2.6 million in 2018, compared with a gain of 2.2 million in 2017″ / “manufacturing employment increased by 284,000 over the year, … manufacturing had added 207,000 jobs in 2017”.

The figures for the two calendar years preceding:

  • “in 2015, payroll employment growth totaled 2.7 million, compared with 3.1 million in 2014″,
  • “job growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015″.

Claim 2: 

“Nearly five million Americans have been lifted off food stamps”

Fact check 2: Mostly True!

According to official data, 4.7 million fewer people were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in September 2018 than in October 2016.

 

Claim 3: 

” African american, Hispanic americans and asian american unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded”

 

Fact check 3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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