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PolitiFact: How strong have job gains been since the tax bill passed?

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on May 15. AP file



PolitiFact staff
Friday, June 08, 2018

In a Senate floor speech on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said: “The bottom line is clear: Under the policies of this unified Republican government, American workers, families and business owners are achieving economic growth that is unmatched in recent memory. . . . More than 1 million new jobs have been created just since we passed tax reform last December.”

Our ruling

McConnell said, “The bottom line is clear: Under the policies of this unified Republican government, American workers, families, and business owners are achieving economic growth that is unmatched in recent memory. . . . More than 1 million new jobs have been created just since we passed tax reform last December.”

Officially, it’s 1,037,000 new jobs – and it’s likely that the tax cut had some positive impact.

However, it’s questionable to suggest that job growth in the past five months has been especially strong, or that recent rates of job-creation represent some kind of turnaround from a poor performance earlier. Job growth in the past five months is in line with the gains seen in previous five-month periods and in previous January-to-May periods going back nine years.

We rate the statement Half True.

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