White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was once again fact-checked by X’s “Community Notes” feature, which allows users to fact check claims in real time. Other users are then allowed to rate the notes as “helpful” or “unhelpful,” representing a massive deviation from the way partisan leftist fact-checkers operate.
“Today, we got more good economic news. 199,000 jobs created last month,” Jean-Pierre wrote in an X post on Friday afternoon. “A total of 14.1 million created under President Biden. That’s Bidenomics in action.”
Before long, KJP was hit with a community note that pointed out how the vast majority of jobs “created” under President Biden have been people returning to work after government-mandated COVID shutdowns. “It is well documented that nearly 72% of job gains since 2021 are simply jobs recovered that were lost during the pandemic, not created,” reads the note, which linked to House budget figures that contradict KJP’s claim.
Today, we got more good economic news.
199,000 jobs created last month.
A total of 14.1 million created under President Biden.
That’s Bidenomics in action.
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) December 8, 2023
In addition to taking credit for COVID-related returns to work, the Biden Administration has been accused of vastly misrepresenting jobs reports by a number of leading economists. EJ Antoni, an economist with the Heritage Foundation, poked holes in September’s jobs report that was also talked up by the administration.
“September nonfarm payrolls jump 336k; Unemployment rate flat at 3.8%; Labor force participation rate remains depressed at 62.8%; Those not in the labor force rose to roughly 5 million more than pre-pandemic – this is artificially pushing down unemployment rate,” Antoni wrote. When adjusting for true labor participation rate, Antoni pegged the actual unemployment rate between 6.3 and 6.8 percent.
Antoni also pointed out that roughly 22 percent of jobs created came from the government, “an unsustainable increase.”
He concluded by pointing out that the massive increase in part-time jobs is slowing down wage growth. “Lastly, the loss of full-time jobs and their replacement w/ part-time work is helping slow wage growth, which is then negative after adjusting for inflation – real weekly earnings fell dramatically until Jun ’22 and have moved sideways since,” Antoni wrote.