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PolitiFact Wisconsin: President Trump scores with claim on number of U.S. workers

Posted: 7:35 PM, Feb 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-13 13:35:52-05

Wherever he goes, President Trump loves to talk about how well the economy is doing. He talked about it while in Milwaukee last month.

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at the President's claim about how many people are now working in the United States.

President Trump has made the economy a key talking point about his record and reelection effort.

He brought up the number of people working during his speech in Milwaukee in January.

"He said that in the United States nearly 160 million people are working today and that number has never been close to being matched in the past," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says the Bureau of Labor not only tracks unemployment numbers but it also looks at total employment across the nation.

"So when you look at these numbers, we find that as of December, there were 158.5 million people working," said Borowski. "So, by the numbers, the president is very much on target."

But the President also claimed nobody's ever come close to that number. PolitiFact Wisconsin says that needs some context.

The civilian workforce continues to grow. So another measuring tool is the employment to population ratio. When you look at that percentage, it's not the best.

"It's currently at 61%, it from 1998- 2000 it was at 64% that was right before the recession," said Borowski. "So things have changed a little bit we're not quite at a peak at measuring stick."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rates President Trump's claim: MOSTLY TRUE.

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