Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wow! CNN Factchecks Obama's Job Numbers, Finds Slight Discrepancy

I'm pretty sure I just saw a pig fly by the window.

CNN has done something I thought they'd forgotten how to do: actual investigation and reportage of Obama's record of job creation.

You won't believe this...

Anyone watching the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night heard the number 4.5 million several times.

It's a big-sounding number, given the still-sputtering job market. So we're giving it a close eyeballing.

 Nonfarm private payrolls hit a post-recession low of 106.8 million that month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure currently stands at 111.3 million as of July.

And total nonfarm payrolls, including government workers, are down from 133.6 million workers at the beginning of 2009 to 133.2 million in July 2012. There's been a net loss of nearly 1 million public-sector jobs since Obama took office, despite a surge in temporary hiring for the 2010 census.
 I looked real hard, thinking this was a piece from The Onion, but it appears legit.

Rats, sinking ship, leaving. Some assembly required. In reality, they're probably just casting about for a smidgen of credibility with which to attack the Romney administration.

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