According to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the only reason the unemployment rate in the United States is low is because an increasing number of Americans are working multiple jobs. This happens to be false. She is just refusing to give credit to the surge that has happened because of President Trump’s “America First” economy.
This false claim was initially made by Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is on the brink of becoming the congresswoman for New York’s 14th District.
While Trump’s economy has secured historic lows for Hispanic and black Americans as well as a record low for jobless claims, Warren claims that the economy is forcing more and more people in America into working multiple jobs:
There was a time when saying, ‘Hey the unemployment rate has gone down. That’s a great thing.’ But you know, when people are working at minimum wage jobs that won’t support them or they’re working two, three, or four jobs to try to pay the rent and keep food on the table, then simply saying ‘The unemployment rate figures have gone down’ just doesn’t get you there.
Per Breitbart News:
This falsehood is not supported by the most recent job figures from June, where less than five percent of Americans work multiple jobs. This means that more than 95 percent of Americans do not work multiple jobs.
In the last few months of the Obama administration, a little more than five percent of Americans held multiple jobs. Since March 2017, under Trump, the number of Americans who work multiple jobs has stayed at or below five percent.
Ocasio-Cortez repeated this falsehood last week during an interview, complaining that low unemployment is not indicative of the well-being of Americans.
“We look at these figures and we say, ‘Oh, unemployment is low, everything is fine,’ right?” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Well, unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their kids.”
As shown by the employment data above, this is not the case for more than 95% of Americans.