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Politifact: State of the Union address

Updated on January 31, 2012

President Obama’s Claim:"in the last 22 months, businesses have created more than three million jobs. Last year, they created the most jobs since 2005."

According to Politifact Research;

The claim of 3 million jobs over the last 22 months is consistent with the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding Private Sector Job Growth; actually the number is 3.16 million. The President’s use of the word ‘Businesses’ is technically correct but can be construed as misleading. In fact, if one includes all job growth, including Government jobs, which is not what he said, the 22 month streak is reduced to 15 months.

Depending on the 12 month period used to calculate, the statement that it is the highest one year total since 2005 is consistent with data; which reflects approximately 2.5 million jobs in the Private Sector Job Growth during 2005.

Politifact based their decision on the veracity of the stated numbers as well as the inference his policy initiatives deserved credit for the reversal which Economist’s assert are but one factor.

Politifact Therefore RatesPresident Obama’s claim Mostly True.

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    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in phdast7. Politifact includes a wide range public figure, fact checking statements. I find them more refreshing than Junior Mints.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Useful and interesting. Never heard of Politifact before. Thanks for introducing us to it. Voted UP.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for checking in Sooner28. I enjoy your commentary as always.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Agreed Cred2. It was a dire situation. Thanks for your comments as always.Hear Here.

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      Sooner28 

      6 years ago

      I like your reference to the "rabid right." I've been trying to think of terms to describe the conservative movement as of late, but I haven't come up with anything yet.

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      Credence2 

      6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Well, isn't that something, but the rabid right will find some way to say that the source has a left wing bias. With those kinds of statistics, I think the President has done a good job considering all the head winds that he has had to contend with over the last year and the unprecedented magnitude of this crisis. Do I have a "here here"?

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2010/03/art1exc.htm: The labor market in 2009.

      Bureau of Labor statistics has data regarding employment and such. The link may be the starting point of what you're looking for. Happy hunting!

      Thanks for your comments as always Poetvix

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      poetvix 

      6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      It's nice to know someone is checking the facts. I wonder though the difference between the amount of jobs created and the amount lost. To me one really doesn't mean much without the other. I found this interesting, thanks bunches.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Politifact has come under fire of late from the left as well as the right regarding their bottomline Rating. Therefore, I find the fight for the middle ground is best served through focusing on the facts which led to their rating. This way its up to the individual to come to their own conclusion with respect to the validity of the original statement.

      Thanks for your input and I encourage you to check out the site. I recommend the 'Pants on Fire' segment which classifies statements with completely no merit. Once again I appreciate your comments anfd look forward to your future input.

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      Gloria 

      6 years ago from France

      Interesting, I must admit I have never heard of politifact, at least with this the politicians have to make sure they get their sums right before opening their mouths.

      Great information again gifaclone.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      The tagline, "All the news that's fit to Print" comes to mind. Thanks for your comments as always Kathleen.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You used to hear broadcasters and newpapers make retractions or corrections every once in a while. Rarely see them any more. A major tenent in reporting should be setting the record straight when you are wrong.

    • gjfalcone profile imageAUTHOR

      gjfalcone 

      6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Excellent point!

      I noticed that but choose not to use it because I focus on the reason for the rating, rather than the ultimate rating itself; which has been the crux of the controversy with Politifact.

      None the less, I'm glad you made it a point of the story.

      Thanks as always for your input Sooner28. Well Done

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      Sooner28 

      6 years ago

      I use politifact all the time. I'm glad someone else has found it useful also!

      Also, the great thing about them is they always explain their ratings, and they are open to constructive criticism. With that claim you used, initially they gave it a mostly false or something. Then after outcry, it became a mostly true. Interesting backstory for sure. But they admitted they had made a mistake, which is always a plus!

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