Fact-Checking the Democratic Debate – The New York Times
What the Facts are
Julian Castro, the former housing secretary, said three battleground states had lost jobs under Mr. Trump.
What Mr. Castro said:
“Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania actually in the latest jobs data have lost jobs, not gained them.”
This is misleading. The three states all gained jobs in August, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From July to August, Ohio gained about 6,400 jobs; Michigan about 3,700; and Pennsylvania about 4,700. The number of unemployed people, however, has also risen in Ohio by 2,500 and in Pennsylvania by 4,400. Overall, since Mr. Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017, Ohio has gained 120,000 jobs; Michigan 109,000, and Pennsylvania 114,000.
Fact checks contributed by Linda Qiu, Margot Sanger-Katz and Alan Rappeport.