Former Obama Adviser on Low Unemployment Numbers: We Have to Look at ‘When President Obama Took Office’

In response to the news of the United States reaching the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, said we have to look at the more than just the first 15 months of the Trump presidency.

“Look, I think we have to look at it over a longer horizon than that. If you think about what the economy was like when President Obama took office, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month,“ Jarrett said. ”Under his watch, the unemployment rate dropped in half, and it’s encouraging to see that we’re continuing to make progress.”

“We want to see wages go up and I think that’s an important focus and I was glad to see you talk about that too. So for the workers out there who are back to work today, I think it’s very encouraging,” she added.

Trump tweeted Friday morning about the low unemployment rate:

The economy added 164,000 jobs in April and hourly wage rose by 2.6 percent year-over-year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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