Twitter users excoriated the Biden administration after the White House posted a graph claiming that more jobs were created under President Joe Biden than any other president in history.
“Under President Biden, the economy has created more jobs per month than under any other President – ever,” the White House tweeted from its official account Friday. The tweet included a graph that claimed to show that Biden created more than 550,000 monthly jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Biden’s numbers, according to the graph, were orders of magnitude higher than those achieved by former President Donald Trump, who lost more than 50,000 jobs during his tenure, according to the graph; President Barack Obama, who gained more than 100,000 jobs; President George W. Bush, who gained less than 50,000; President Bill Clinton, who gained between 200-250,000; President George H.W. Bush, who gained just over 50,000; and President Ronald Reagan, who gained just over 150,000 jobs month-over month.
Under President Biden, the economy has created more jobs per month than under any other President – ever. pic.twitter.com/yAQING1tT8
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 7, 2022
The White House was almost immediately lambasted by conservatives on Twitter.
“Joes got jokes,” Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs tweeted.
Joes got jokes https://t.co/XEOZ72C3Ia
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 7, 2022
“Embarrassing,” tweeted Tablet Magazine Chief Technical Officer Noam Blum.
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) January 8, 2022
“I like to imagine the annoyed WH economist tasked with creating this chart, knowing just how silly it is. Pretty funny tbh,” Cato Institute Senior Fellow Scott Lincicome wrote.
I like to imagine the annoyed WH economist tasked with creating this chart, knowing just how silly it is. Pretty funny tbh https://t.co/y87Spu57P9
— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) January 8, 2022
“The #BidenAdministration believes Americans are this stupid,” former Maryland Republican Congressional Candidate Kimberly Klacik tweeted. “The RED wave is inevitable.”
The #BidenAdministration believes Americans are this stupid.
The RED wave is inevitable. https://t.co/iDCmFCs4y9
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) January 8, 2022
Even Washington Post “fact checker” Glenn Kessler took issue with the White House’s claims. “A huge problem with this apples-and-oranges chart: It compares monthly job growth of 4- and 8-year terms with just one year of Biden. Trump used to do the same thing — until his record was spoiled by the job losses in his last year. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch,” Kessler wrote.
A huge problem with this apples-and-oranges chart: It compares monthly job growth of 4- and 8-year terms with just one year of Biden. Trump used to do the same thing — until his record was spoiled by the job losses in his last year. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. https://t.co/zJEZkqeS4R
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) January 8, 2022
Other responses to the tweet are below:
LOL 😂. Covid shut down companies and workers were laid off. So this is a graph of those people simply… “Coming back to work”… https://t.co/7J2idAE2if
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) January 8, 2022
Add propaganda to the list of things this administration utterly fails at. https://t.co/6fETJP1arS
— Libertarian Party (@LPNational) January 8, 2022
I can’t believe the White House tweeted this. This is just another example of their gaslighting. https://t.co/Qk3d7GhOlu
— Kim Iversen (@KimIversenShow) January 8, 2022
— ellars.eth (@Ellars) January 8, 2022
Wow… Obama sucked! https://t.co/9ZkgAn48XR
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) January 8, 2022
The Biden administration published the graph on the heels of a disappointing jobs report that saw just 199,000 jobs added to the economy in December, less than half of leading economists’ expectations. The Daily Wire reported:
The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9%, outpacing economists’ expectations of 4.1%. The share of working adults, however, still has not returned to pre-pandemic levels as many continue to stay out of the workforce, according to Axios.
“Employers want to create new jobs, and are hiring the formerly unemployed, driving down the jobless rate,” Axios reported Friday. “But that isn’t coaxing more people to work. The share of adults in the labor force was unchanged in December and remains 1.5 percentage points below pre-pandemic levels.”
The report preceded a dip in the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar, which fell in value compared to a basket of other currencies. As Reuters reported: “The dollar index fell 0.269% at 96.001. Even with Friday’s weakness, the dollar was still on track for a weekly gain, its first in three weeks.”