Why Do U.S. Presidents Always Lie When It Comes to Unemployment Numbers?

What do Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and Biden all have in common? They have all consistently misrepresented jobs numbers in the U.S.

If you’ve ever seen a president pounding their chest when it comes to jobs numbers — and they all do it — it looks pretty much like this example from Obama in early 2016.



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Jeffrey Goodman

Navigating facts and numbers to help people. Strong opinions on climate change and healthcare. Objective, not neutral. MIT engineer, Wharton MBA.