As inauguration day comes closer and closer President Obama is trying to do everything in his power to try and cement his legacy. Primarily because he was sure Hillary Clinton was going to win and he did not have to worry about his legacy ending. Donald Trump brought that illusion to an abrupt halt. He fed a lie to Americans that Clinton would be the first female President. But his lies about job creation under his administration is even greater.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the following on a November 30th, 2016 press briefing about Obama’s job creation,
“There were 805,000 manufacturing jobs that weren’t just protected or saved, but actually created while President Obama was in office.”
Earnest made these comments after rumors and allegations surfaced that Donald Trump had convinced Carrier to not manufacture gas furnaces in Mexico but instead in the United States. Donald Trump saved 730 jobs as a result. Earnest took a dig at Donald saying,
“If Donald Trump wanted meet the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office he’d have to do it 804 more times.”
However, the facts speak otherwise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says otherwise. In January of 2009 manufacturing jobs were at 12.561 million when Obama took office. As of November this year manufacturing jobs stood at 12.26 million. Meaning more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs were lost.
In February of 2010 it reached its lowest point at 11.453 million manufacturing jobs. Which was 1.1 million fewer than when President Obama took office. That 807,000 jobs created represents the amount since the lowest point of Obama’s term not the entire duration of while he was in office.
In reality, President Obama’s numbers do not add up and in fact show a derogatory record on job creation. Especially in manufacturing. A blue collar line of work that when lost can hit middle class Americans very hard. However, as Donald Trump has done so many times in the past he will create those jobs for Americans. He is already making deals with IBM and Tesla.