WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to show that his economic vision of America — making products again, raising great buildings and mining coal — is already coming true, despite the lack of legislation powering that dream.
So when the latest jobs report came out, the White House eagerly trumpeted the robust results, but misrepresented them.
An AP Fact Check finds manufacturing, construction and coal mining did not lead the job growth as claimed — far from it.
Manufacturing, coal mining and construction together accounted for less than 6 percent of the job growth. Of the 211,000 jobs added, 173,000 were in services. Manufacturing jobs only grew by 6,000 and construction jobs by 5,000.
Coal mining? By 200 jobs.
The White House says its spokeswoman misspoke about the source of job growth.
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