Obama’s ‘Slowest Job Growth’ Stat Includes Own Presidency


President Barack Obama on Wednesday once again blamed the economic policies of former President George W. Bush for the sluggish job growth over the past decade.

“The approach that Gov. Romney is talking about is the same sales pitch that was made in 2001 and 2003, and we ended up with the slowest job growth in 50 years,” Obama said during the first of three presidential debates.

However, the data cited by the Obama campaign to defend his claim about slow job growth includes the years 2008-2010–or a portion of Obama’s first term as president.

Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s in house fact-checker, writes:

Obama’s claim of the “slowest job growth,” in fact, includes the loss of jobs under his administration. The White House provided as evidence a report on a New York Times blog that was based on gross domestic product data through 2010, or the first two years of Obama’s administration.