The 45th President of the United States may be vehemently against the idea of “fake news,” but he’s been known to stretch the truth on more than one occasion. Pretty much every speech he makes is peppered with fallacies or “alternative facts” depending on how you want to look at it. Here are some alternative facts he has spewed during his short stint in office that are proven to be completely inaccurate.
94 Million Americans Are Unemployed
In the president’s first congressional address, he stated that “94 million Americans are out of the labor force” in an attempt to shock the masses about the country’s unemployment rate. This is a wildly misleading statement. As of June 2016, America’s unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9%, a record low since 2008’s massive recession which saw a rate of 10%.
While this statement may be technically true – 94 million people are not members of the workforce – it fails to consider the fact that most of these people don’t intend to part of the workforce. According to PolitiFact, about 37.5 million of those people are over the age of 65 and heading into retirement. About 11.9 million people are between the ages of 16 and 19, meaning they’re in high school and college. About 8 million people are between the ages of 20 and 24, and likely college or graduate students not looking for fulltime work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7.6 million people were unemployed in January – not 94 million.