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Monday, June 4, 2018
CNS Unemployment Coverage Distortion Watch

The employment numbers for May were good, so needless to say, wasted no time in pegging the pro-Trump rah-rah-meter.

Susan Jones cheered that "The number of employed Americans, 155,474,000, has broken another record -- for the ninth time since President Trump took office, in fact. At the same time, the number of unemployed Americans dropped to 6,065,000, a low not seen since January 2001." Jones did go on to concede that the labor force participation rate has not changed much, which she attributed to "the increasing number of Baby Boom retirees" -- a fact that was largely missing when Jones reported on the labor force participation rate under Obama.

CNS also served up the usual sidebars from editor in chief Terry Jeffrey on increased manufacturing jobs and decreased federal employment, which  Jeffrey quickly attributed to Trump (despite the fact that the increased manufacturing jobs continues a trend that began in 2011 under Obama).

CNS then took a partisan hit at Nancy Pelosi in an anonymously written article, framing her as being critical of "record employment" when she was pointing out that poorer Americans face higher health care costs because of Republicans' dismantling of the Affordable Care Act and tax cuts that favored the rich.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:51 PM EDT

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