Make America Work Again: Economy adds 235K jobs in February, beating expectations

by VICKI NEEDHAM - The Hill
March 11, 2017

The U.S. economy added a robust 235,000 jobs in February, the first full month of the Trump administration, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent.

The report released Friday exceeded expectations and continued the 77-month-long expansion of the labor market that started under former President Obama. Job gains have averaged 209,000 over the past three months.

Trump retweeted a story on the jobs report but didn’t make any stand-alone comments on the healthy February numbers.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer commented: “Not a bad way to start day 50 of this administration.”

The strong numbers are all but certain to ensure the Federal Reserve raises rates during its meeting next week.

39 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Wayne Thorson says:

    If Trump wants to take credit for 2 months of that 77 month job growth then he has to give Obama credit for 75 straight months. When Trump gets a string of that many months of job growth then he will be able to brag. I myself don’t think he is gong to make it. I am still bragging. I didn’t vote for Trump.

  • Bob says:

    How quickly will the media change to way they report unemployment to show the numbers of those who have given up looking for jobs so that the rate rises dramatically? For 8 years, the books have been cooked and the media has ignored it. You say “workforce participation rate” to a reporter talking about the unemployment rate coming down and their eyes glaze over or roll back into their skulls. I remember in Oct 2012 when it was reported that no President was ever re-elected with an unemployment rate above 8% (which it was) and next thing you know it dropped to 7.9% over night. Miraculous it was. How quickly I foresee a return to higher unemployment rates being reported, no matter how many jobs are created.

    1. Retired says:

      The Media will continue to print lies and the Guppies will swallow it .

  • W. Coyote says:

    “During his presidential campaign, Trump attacked the Labor Department’s official estimates of the number of jobs added each month as “phony” and “total fiction.”

  • Webb says:

    Always have been Proud To Be An American…
    Since Jan.20th 2017…It’s even Sweeter!!
    Go Trump…Keep Those Promises!

  • podunk1 says:

    BLS final Schedule A numbers in thousands were 152,528 Feb & 152,081 Jan… that’s 447,000 better than Jan… very good considering enemies within added 340,000 to the workforce… based on only 164 increase in eligible population (smell a rat???)! Try as progressives embedded in government tried, It’s notably better.

    BLS Sch A, “unemployed: 7,528,000 (4.70%), “want jobs” 5,597,000 (3.50%), and unexplained workforce manipulations to reconcile the 66.50066% w/f to eligible population 1997/2008 pre-Obama 12-year historical comparability 3,422,000 (2.14%), plus 152,528,000 people working 34 hours instead of fulltime 40 (only 131,174,000 jobs shared (34.4/40) by 152,528,000 people) says 21,354,000 (12.63%) more jobs were needed to fulltime employ those “people” reported as “working”!

    JOBLESSNESS was 37,901,000 (22.42%), thanks to a nation flooded with Obama’s locust-army alien workforce… paid by government welfare to throw citizens out of jobs into welfare! Call the dung pile what it is… rub their nose in it, give them a pitchfork, & make them clean it up! (Check it out – fighting gremlins in the computer)

  • bobnstuff says:

    So Trump no longer believes these numbers are bogus? Isn’t the real unemployment numbers 42% like he said just a few months ago? Just what has Trump done so far to grow jobs? No new factories have opened yet and in fact most of the growth was in construction not manufacturing. Retail jobs lost numbers. Still nice numbers but not all that impressive or relevant since Trump has only been in office 50 days. The question is will Trump and his minions now believe the numbers that they claimed were fake? Had Obama been playing with the numbers we should have seen a major agjustments in the numbers the other way. I’m very glad the numbers are OK but lets not get out the balloons and confetti just yet. Trump will be around for a while so lets wait and see just what he can really do. We have had 77 months of gob growth, lets see if our New President can keep it up. I truly hope Trump can deliver on his promise.

    1. podunk1 says:

      We’ve had 8 years of hell on earth, which is exactly what Alinski, Mao, Stalin, Soros, Obama, & their progressives are cursing against America… Hundreds of trillions in pension & SSI unfunded funds, 20 trillions of national debt, and 37,901,000 (22.4%) February joblessness, etc, etc.! The good news is February joblessness on a historically comparable 12 year 1997/2008 basis is improved 275,000 from 38,176,000 in January. That’s only $19.4 million with wages & fringes… but colossal considering the overwhelming progressive Obama rebellion & sabotage warring against America!

      1. Webb says:

        That We Did…

      2. bobnstuff says:

        So you didn’t like the way congress spent money. Anything that was unfunded you can blame on the congress. The House controls all spending bills and guess who has had control of the house for the last six years. It’s up to the congress to pass taxes and spend the money. Now tell me about the jobs program that the republicans have put together over the years. So what numbers are your trusting, I was told that you can’t trust any of them.

        1. Retired says:

          Here you go again with your BS ,You have no clue as to how congress does business and spends money along with bills being drowned with pork by you friends in the Demon Rat party .Evidently you never look at how they all vote .

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Congress controls all spending and all taxing. All money bills must start in the House. The house has been under Republican control for six years. This is in the constitution. Maybe if you didn’t get your facts from Tabloids you would know this.

          2. Retired says:

            Tabloids is your information. How many times are spending bills shot down because of add on crap. Are you that much of a rock brain ??? Both parties are good for doing it .

          3. bobnstuff says:

            Here is the thing, it’s congress that has run up the tab, not Obama. It’s the republicans that have run the show for the last two years in congress and run the house for 6 years. The republicans have had the power to block spending for most of the Obama administration and did on anything Obama asked for. So who do you blame for running up the debt? You are trying to blame the passenger for wrecking the car not the driver.

          4. Retired says:

            What ever you say Mr. Bullshitsky even though you are wrong as usual . Learn and watch how the house votes , and then there was your friend Reid that sat on piles of bills.

          5. bobnstuff says:

            And what’s the excuse for the last two years? Just so you know there are always bills sitting on the desk in the senate. I guess your Tabloid didn’t mention that tidbit. Mitch McConnell had even more bills sitting on his desk almost 400. Reid actually did a better job get bills to the floor the McConnell did.

          6. Retired says:

            See how you get everything assbackwards ,Reid was the one who has outdone all others with holding bills.

        2. podunk1 says:

          “As-a-whole” Congress is that phonetic icon that religiously betrays allegiance to everything except their global monopolist pie in the sky. Aside of a minority of good people, RINO republicans are in bed with progressive democrat Marxists, Maoists, jihadists, and anyone who will help loot and sack the USA, a country they all hate with demonic passion. No… Obama isn’t an innocent passenger on the bus… He’s running it on remote control. The rest noted are passengers, terror driven to compliance to the master because they have very good reasons to fear going to hell with a bus load of dung.

          Obama is the right-hand prod of Olie Babble… keeper of satanic acts of unkindness and perversion monopolists can’t seem to avoid. It’s a lot like watching someone train a dog with a high-voltage shock collar. NO… never trust a liar, but one can rank & sort to find what’s really happening…like two people sharing one job or more to the point 152,528,000 sharing131,174,000 jobs, which is $1.5 trillion jobless non-productivity stolen from citizens by the progressive association of traitors. If Trump gets someone to explain the opportunity better, I really believe he is the one who can and will turn it around & save the USA!

          Trump???… God works in mysterious ways & I hope what I think is happening is real and will start snow-balling as never before. If we had a congress, they would stop the rebellion by arresting, jailing, and silencing Obama, Soros, and Schumer by supreme law due process… and END THEIR REBELLION, NOW!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            You need to open your eyes as to who is doing the looting. Follow the money. Corporate welfare is twice that of welfare going to the poor. This the rich at are doing the looting. Where do you think all that money spent on the military goes? Where does all the money from the drugs we buy goes. The government can’t even try to lower the price they pay and they are the drug companies biggest customer.

            Why do you think the Koch Brothers spend so much money on elections, it’s an investment that pays off big time. The republicans are paying them back by giving the a bargain price on land to rape in our public lands. The will make billions of those leases. We have even cut there overhead by letting them do what ever they want without the EPA keeping them in check. Even Trump has said it, campaign contribution is an investment.

            Who has gotten the most out of the recovery, the top 1%. You want to blame the government for what in fact is corporate greed. The government isn’t the one keeping wages low while corporate profits are hitting record highs. The worst part is you have helped put the Fox in charge of the hen house. In case you haven’t noticed there are people in Washington that want to cut SS and Medicare to give tax breaks to the very people who are working to keep wages down. State reading the stock pages and corporate news, educate yourself. Look at the greed, follow the money.

    2. Webb says:

      Words matter from a Rationale President….

    3. Retired says:

      Bobnshitsky spreading lies again If you added the welfare rolls to the Unemployed the Numbers would probably match . It takes at least a year to get the permits and building up , all thanks to government controls . The only reason for things to go backwards is Democrats interfering and China dumping the US Dollar along with it’s currency going on the open market.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Since you don’t even know what welfare is once again your are talking out your hat. The unemployment number would be less then the welfare number since everyone on unemployment gets what you would call welfare.

        Building permits are up because of the weather, so is construction hiring. The reason it takes time to get a permit for a large job is to protect everyone around them. Those building codes were put in place at the demand of the community. The standard permit for things like homes take a few days to a few weeks. The reason things aren’t going better is the fact that we have the most clueless people running the government. They have no real plan on how they are going to do anything.

        The value of the dollar hasn’t gone up or down any great amount for a long time. You Tabloid Conservative have a problem getting thing straight.

        1. Retired says:

          Here you go again just like a typical Democrat full of Shitsky .You also have no clue what is all involved in getting permits now a days thanks to the Democrats that have put a high cost and controls on permits . You are still in the dark ages . It’s people like you who support the Anti Trump train . Right now the Democrats are more interested in the 2018 and 2020 election than anything else . I live in the heart of you Demon Rat Country so don’t even try and tell me what goes on . They raised Building permits by over 250% to cover their wasteful spending and that was after years of increasing them .

        2. Olaf Thunderfoot says:

          BULLSHIT! I got downsized out of not one, not two but three jobs when the economy crashed in 2008, I got just enough money from unemployment to not be homeless and not a damned thing from welfare because as an “able bodied male who can work” I did not qualify.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            According to the republican party unemployment is welfare, whenever the use a number they include it. They also have included Social Security in the number at times. That’s how they get that 47% number. You and I know we paid into it and we were only get our money back but that’s not how the conservatives look at it. It’s just one more place they can steal money from to hand out to their friends. I also was down sized in 2008. Turn out it was the best thing that could have happened in the long run but I was lucky.

  • Shelly Shannon says:

    The democrats attribute February’s success to Obama. Ridiculous! We all know the truth tho. I never seen Obama do anything but fudge his employment numbers and close down companies, mostly small businesses with stringent regulations. Actually, under Obama, there were more jobs lost. And under Clinton those numbers would have declined even more. Only difference is Clinton was honest for once in her life when she announced she would put coal miners out of work but give them government benefits. Trump started bringing jobs back a two month before he took office and that was when Obama was still in office. Lets face it, Obama failed and Trump is cleaning up his mess.

    1. Anouk says:

      Good post! You are 100% right Shelly.

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    2. Retired says:

      It happens every time after the Democrats were in office , that republicans need to undue the mess. This has been going on since LBJ took office.

    3. I Seigel says:

      What a bunch of crap! These employment numbers are right in line with the trend that’s been going on for a year. Steadily increasing. Trump didn’t inherit a disaster. FAR from it!

      Those employment numbers were all lies during Obama’s time. Now they’re magically golden. You people are a JOKE!!

      1. Anouk says:

        And YOU are an ignorant loser. Sad to see how low informed leftists are still braindead.

      2. Retired says:

        Yes you are a joke if you can not see how the Numbers at manipulated by the source and the media.

        1. I Seigel says:

          And only now, with Trump in charge, do the numbers magically become un-manipulated?

          1. Retired says:

            I don’t believe we are getting the truth about the figures no matter who is President . How many of those so called jobs are due to people retiring or dying ???

          2. I Seigel says:

            Well, that was the typical response and rejection of the positive numbers when they were Obama’s. I don’t hear that same degree of skepticism now that Trump owns them. He was strutting like a cocky hen when the numbers came out, and so was everyone in the WH

          3. Retired says:

            Obama was strutting like a cockless rooster for 8 years ,so what is your point ???

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    ROCK AND ROLL “PRESIDENT TRUMP !!!”

  • CBUJAN says:

    Go President Trump.

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