While the president gloats about the economy and the jobs he’s helped create…the Bureau of Labor Statistics was reporting pretend job numbers. And now they’ve finally come clean:
Turns out hiring wasn’t nearly as strong in 2018 and early 2019 as the government initially reported — by about a half-million jobs.
The economy had about 501,000 fewer jobs as of March 2019 than the Bureau of Labor Statistics initially calculated in its survey of business establishments. That’s the largest revision since the waning stages of the Great Recession in 2009.
The newly revised figures indicate the economy didn’t get a huge boost last year from President Trump’s tax cuts and higher federal spending. They also signal the economy is a bit weaker than previously believed and could give the Federal Reserve even greater reason to cut interest rates in September.
“This makes some sense, as the 223,000 average monthly increase in 2018 seemed too good to be true in light of how tight the labor market has become and how much trouble firms are said to be having finding qualified workers,” said chief economist Stephen Stanley of Amherst Pierpont Securities.
The average 223,000 monthly increase in employment in 2018 — the strongest in three years — could be trimmed to around 185,000, economists estimate.emphasis mine
So much for the boost from the tax cut…once again trickle down theory doesn’t hold water…to say nothing of the continued deficits that the GOP is running up as a result of tax cuts and far far fewer jobs (results in lack of promised tax revenue).
Can we go back to taxing the financial elites again?