Topic: Employment

Ken Cuccinelli
Since Obamacare became law, "most of our new jobs have been part-time jobs."
Failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and Tea Party Conservative has no basis for this statement. BLS figures show that since the signing in March 2010, there are 5 million more full-time workers and 500,000 more part-time employees.
Gilbert Hinojosa, TX D Chair
The economy added more jobs during four years under Obama than it did in the entire eight years under George W. Bush
The economy is influenced by many additional factors, but the nation did have net job gains during Obama’s first term outpacing net job gains through Bush’s two terms, which ended with a downturn that was the worst since the Great Depression.
Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Liz Hasselbeck Fox Friends
"A Census Bureau worker claimed he was told to skew information to bring the unemployment rate down before the election."
The inside man who reported he had been told to alter reports did not even work for the Census Bureau during the election.  Even if he had fabricated some reports, experts say it would not have made a difference.
Sarah Palin
Palin says the Pope is too liberal
In a November 12 interview with Jake Tapper.
Newt Gingrich
"Every major city which has a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city."
Two out of the top 5 poorest major cities are led by Republicans -- Miami and Fresno, Calif.
Gov Scott Walker WI
Scott Walker says minimum wage jobs are ‘overwhelmingly’ for young people
The best estimates are that 24 percent to 55 percent of such jobs are held by teenagers and young adults.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Challenges Davos Elite: 'Humanity To Be Served By Wealth, Not Ruled By It'
In a message to more than 2,500 participants at the annual World Economic Forum, the pontiff urged industrialists and bankers to promote inclusive prosperity, but stopped short of chiding them for excesses laid bare by the global financial crisis.
Rand Paul
Says President Barack Obama "spent nearly a trillion dollars on make-work government jobs."
Two-thirds of the stimulus was spent on tax cuts and entitlements, and of the remaining one-third, much was paid to private contractors. Only a modest fraction of the $1 trillion was spent on government jobs.
Barack Obama
The federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than at Ronald Reagan's first State of The Union address
Obama's not far off, but it’s actually closer to 16 percent less.  Reagan never raised the minimum wage.
John Boehner
Says President Barack Obama’s health care law is "expected to destroy 2.3 million jobs."
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report was widely misquoted and misconstrued.  The reduction will come from voluntary actions by workers, rather than layoffs by employers. The law would not push up unemployment. In fact, some people at the low end of the wage ladder would find it easier to find work as a result of the predicted shifts in the workforce.
Rush Limbaugh
Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%."
Wrong on both points. Wisconsin has voted for the Democratic nominee in the last seven presidential contests, but it is a frequent battleground state and far from being an automatic in the Democratic column. State Government is Republican, but mixed. Unemployment dropped to near 6 percent, under Walker.
Gretchen Carlson- Conservative Pundit
"The CBO now says the president's health care law will cut the number of full-time jobs in the United States by 2.3 million by 2021."
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report is misquoted. The CBO said the health care law will give more people an incentive to reduce their hours; some will limit their hours and some will stop working altogether by their own choice. The law would not push up unemployment, but may affect the number of hours worked..
Charles Schumer D NY
If you work 40 hours a week at the proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, "you get out of poverty."
This depends on size of the family.  One-person households already exceed poverty limits at current minimum wage. Raising the wage to $10.10 an hour does put two-, three- and four-person households with one working member above the poverty line for the first time. And households of five or more people still wouldn’t earn enough to escape poverty. 46 percent of all impoverished households would escape poverty with increase.
John Boehner
New carbon regulations will increase electric bills by "$17 billion every year" and "potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year."
Boehner sited an earlier Chamber of Commerce study that made predictions based on different regulations than those announced by the White House.
Katrina Vander Heuvel, editor Nation
"Only one out of 10 minimum wage workers today are teen age or a young person."
Misquoted data. Half of  those who earn minimum wage are 16 to 24 years old. According to the Economic Policy Institute, teens would make up 12.5 percent of people who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
Barack Obama
"In 31 states, decent child care costs more than college tuition."
The information comes from a 2013 report by Child Care Aware of America, but the cost was for infants. Child care for a 4 year old costs more than in-state college tuition and fees in 19 states.
John Boehner
"The nearly six-year delay in approving Keystone is costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs."
Obama promotes natural resources and new, greener technologies.The company in charge of the Keystone project, TransCanada, said the study cited by Boehner was flawed and  "no longer relevant. Keystone would bring oil from Canada to the US.
Barack Obama
"We've recovered (from the recession) faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth."
According to the annual Economic Report, of 12 nations, only the US and Germany have surpassed their pre-recession level. Another measure, says US is expected to have the highest growth in the coming year -- a projected 2.75 percent.
Paul Ryan
Twenty percent of single adults, ages 21 to 25 with no kids, "are not working or even in school trying to find a job."
The latest federal figures show that 19 percent of adults ages 20 to 24 weren’t in school and weren’t working in 2013. But Ryan misstated the age range, and it includes everyone in that age range, not just those without children.  He later admitted that he misquoted the stats.
How has the size of the Obama government compare to that of recent Republican administrations?
Presidents Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II all dealt with recessions by growing the government and increasing local and government jobs.  But under Obama federal, state, and local government has declined by more than half a million workers in the last three years.
Barack Obama
What has Obama accomplished as president? Which campaign promises were compromised? Which ones has he failed to keep?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
Tom Corbett Gov Pa
Republican Governor Tom Corbett agrees to expand Medicaid for low-income residents in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania will become the 28th state to expand Medicare under the Affordable Care Act.  An estimated 500,000 low-income individuals will be offered subsidies to purchase private insurance.  The state will fund and administer a voluntary program that will offer job training and placement services.
Sheldon Whitehouse, RI Sen D
"There are already more American jobs in the solar industry than in coal mining."
Three objective sources support that cleaner/safer solar jobs drastically outnumber mining jobs. Sources include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.
"There is no state in the U.S. where a 40-hour minimum wage work week is enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment."
The statement would be totally true except that they failed to specify that the study refers to Fair Market Rent, a number determined by the federal government for each region set at the 40th percentile of all rents in that area.  People might be able to find a dump for minimum wage.
Republican Policies Questioned
Republicans For Kansas Values are backing the Democratic candidate for governor because the Republican agenda has backfired in Kansas.
This organization, supported by an extensive list of notable Republican politicians and public servants, has posted an impressive statement called, Why Sam Brownback’s Policies are Taking Kansas in the Wrong Direction. They say these Republican policies have caused deficit spending, drastic cuts in education and highway spending, hurt job growth, benefited special interests at the expense of the people, and downgrades Kansas character and creates embarrassing headlines.
Texas Politics
Texas politics. Check the truth about 200 political claims in this hot Texas election.
Many hotly contested Texas races produced many false claims on both sides of the isle. Check out if your candidate is telling the truth.
"When (Barack Obama) took office, 2.3 million people were out of work. Five-plus years later, we have 5 million-plus out of work."
By almost every metric you can use to calculate the number of Americans who are "out of work," the number has been going down, not up
Rick Perry Gov Tx
Perry said this week that income inequality is not a problem in Texas. "Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion."
 The facts are, Texas has the 13th highest poverty rate in the United States. Texas is one of nine states with the highest levels of income inequality. Texas has created over a million jobs since the recession began. But it has also added a quarter million more part-time workers who want full-time jobs. Mark 14:7 says the poor will be with you but it does not say to ignore them.
Income Inequity
Twenty states will be hiking their minimum wages on New Year's Day.
After Congress failed to act, even some red states like Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will raise wages due to November election initiatives. Many increases will be tied to an inflation index.
Jeb Bush Fl
America lags behind most every developed country in terms of being able to move up the economic ladder.
The American dream that hard work could pay off is want made America great, but evidence shows that is no longer true. Bush says that we must fix our education system in order to turn that around. Many would say income inequality is the cause.
Budget Cuts
One Million Unemployed Childless Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016.
Most states will have a three-month limit on SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children. An Ohio report shows that 1/3 had a medical or physical limitation, including depression, PTSD, or mental or learning disabilities. Many were caregivers or had other impediment to employment.
Joni Ernst Sen R-iowa
PolitiFact combed through every line of the State of the Union rebuttal by Senator Joni Ernst.
The rebuttal includes many fact and many points that had been debunked many times over.  Read the entire speech and see, point by point, which statements were true or not.
Interesting graphs showing the labor picture in December 2014
Unemployment dropped from 6.7 to 5.6 percent. Duration of unemployment decreased 11 percent. Drops occurred in almost every race, education lever and type employment.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated.
PolitiFact reviewed the state of the Union speech line by line.  Click the icon to review each point.
Barack Obama
Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008.
This statement from the State of the Union Address is true. Not only that but Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. noted that, “There are already more American jobs in the solar industry than in coal mining.”
Barack Obama
"Wages are finally starting to rise again." "More small-business owners plan to raise their employees' pay than at any time since 2007."
These quotes from 2015 State of the Union Message are true. The real average hourly earnings rose by 1%, and surveys show that 17% more businesses plan to raise wages than those who plan to cut them. This is the highest since 2007.
Barack Obama
"Joining Forces, the national campaign launched by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden has helped nearly 700,000 veterans and military spouses get a new job."
This quote from the 2015 State of the Union speech calls attention to an opportunity to reach out to our veterans.
Terry Jeffrey Cnn News
There were more people on welfare than working in 2013.
The number of "welfare" recipients -- unlike the number of workers -- is enlarged by the inclusion of children and senior citizens. The comparison also ignores that many "welfare" recipients actually work, so trying to separate the two categories creates a false dichotomy.
Andy Puzder
"Obamacare has caused millions of full-time jobs to become part-time."
The statistics, in this case, are inadequate to either prove or disprove that "millions" of Americans have seen their job go from full-time to part-time due to the law. That said, there’s evidence suggesting that hundreds of thousands of workers may have seen their hours cut as the law’s impact began to be felt.
Ted Cruz Tx
"92 million Americans aren't working."
Once you strip out senior citizens and school-age Americans, the number is less than half that.
Dan Patrick, R-TX
Texas this fiscal year will "have more money in reserve than the other 49 states combined."
On our inquiry, Patrick acknowledged this was a misstatement. Indeed, what he celebrated turned out to be incorrect and ridiculous.
Lou Dobbs Fox Pundit
Because of President Barack Obama’s failure to "push job creation," the black unemployment rate in Ferguson, Mo., is three times higher than the white unemployment rate.
First and foremost, Dobbs’ numbers are off. The most recent and best available statistics say the black unemployment rate is 1.9 times higher than the white unemployment rate in Ferguson (16 percent to 8.5 percent). Second, that has little to do with Obama.
Barack Obama
Five things President Obama wants to discuss with Pope Francis when the pontiff comes to DC.
1. Poor And Marginalized Populations; 2. Environmental Stewardship; 3. Religious Freedom; 4. Economic Opportunity; 5. and Immigration Reform.
Ted Cruz Tx
Ted Cruz says small business are going out of business 'in record numbers.'
Data for the most recent year, 2012, shows business closures at about what they were in 2005. The percentage of firms that closed was quite high in 2009, but it wasn’t the highest point, and more recently, it is in line with historical figures.
Borui Wang
Successful immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators testify to congress calling for action on high-skilled immigration reform.
Borui Wang, founder of, says his company is creating American jobs, and it is not in anyone's interest to make him constantly wait for a lottery that might deport him. Watch and share this video to learn more.
Marco Rubio
"I can tell you with certainty (cap and trade) would have a devastating impact on our economy."
Existing cap-and-trade programs have not proven to be "devastating" in their economic impact. While estimates for proposed programs vary, most experts and analysts have found modest potential  impact on the economy; some even show a positive impact.
Robert Reich, Political Economist
Robert Reich says, "no one who works full-time should live in poverty. A decent nation ensures that all workers can pay their rent and feed their family."
Reich is a political economist who has served in the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, and as Secretary of Labor under Clinton.  This short video illustrates how our economy will benefit by raising the minimum wage.
Jeb Bush Fl
"Only one person has been fired" at the Veterans Administration for withholding services.
Data reviewed by Politifact through May 14 showed that 18 permanent employees have been fired for patient scheduling, record manipulation, appointment delays, and/or patient deaths.
Marco Rubio
"For the first time in 35 years, we have more businesses dying than we do starting."
While this statement is true, the downturn actually happened during the recession in 2008. 
Scott Walker
Walker says Wisconsin unemployment went from 8% to 4.6% since he took office, and "the rate in which people are working is almost five points higher than it is nationally.”
Walker failed his campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs, but says he, instead, brought down unemployment rates and raised labor participation rates. The numbers check out, but the   decrease was when both national and regional unemployment rates steadily decreased as well.
Donald Trump
Trump said, "We have 93 million people out of work. They look for jobs, they give up, and all of a sudden, statistically, they're considered employed."
Once you strip out full-time students, senior citizens, the disabled, and those who have chosen not to work to take care of their children, a more reasonable estimate of "out of work" Americans is somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 million, or less than a quarter of Trump’s figure. Meanwhile, he is flat wrong that the government reclassifies discouraged workers as "employed."
Donald Trump
Trump says, "We have 93 million people out of work. They look for jobs, they give up, and all of a sudden, statistically, they're considered employed."
There are only about 21 million unemployed when you do not count full-time students, senior citizens, the disabled, and those who have chosen not to work to take care of their children. The government DOES NOT reclassify discouraged workers as "employed."
Donald Trump
Trump claims, "Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18 to 20 percent. Don't believe the 5.6. Don't believe it."
Setting aside his paranoia about the federal government cooking the books, Trump is off-base. Every source shows the unemployment rate is low.
Carly Fiorina
Fiorina said "92 percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama’s first term belonged to women."
PolitiFact has found that the number of women with jobs increased by 416,000 during Obama’s first term.
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz says "Under Barack Obama and the big government economy, the median wage for women has dropped $733."
Wages actually have risen for women since Obama took office. 
Hillary Clinton
Clinton says most minimum-wage workers are "women."
According to the study by PolitiFact, 62.7 percent of minimum wage workers age 16 and older are women. That’s almost, but not quite, two thirds.
Marco Rubio
Rubio says Ted Cruz "is a supporter of legalizing people that are in this country illegally" and "proposed giving them work permits."
PolitiFact found no sign of Cruz proposing to give work permits to immigrants living here without legal permission and no record of Cruz explicitly saying he favored giving such residents legal status.
Donald Trump
June Trump Truthfulness average is "Mostly False."
As of June 10, 2016, PolitiFact has reviewed 154 statements by Donald Trump. Twelve (12) were true or mostly true. Forty nine (49) were 1/2 True of Mostly-False.  And Ninety three (93) were False or Pants-on-Fire. Below are just a few:
Donald Trump
Trump says 4.9% unemployment numbers are phony and that the real numbers are "probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent."
No matter how you calculate unemployment rates, Trumps numbers are totally fabricated.


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