Trump Didn’t Lie: 10 States Did Experience All-Time Low Unemployment in October
WASHINGTON, DC – December 3, 2018
Lying is commonplace for politicians nowadays. Most people have resigned themselves to it and few actually check the truthfulness of their words. But we took our chances and checked Trump’s statement that 10 states experienced record low rates of unemployment in October.
“Last month alone, 10 states hit their lowest unemployment rates in the history of our country,” he said at a Nov. 26 rally in Tupelo, Mississippi.
It may sound strange, but it's true. 10 states had record low unemployment rates in October, with some other states having near-record lows.
This statement is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that releases unemployment data on a monthly basis. In its October release, the agency reported record low unemployment rates in the following states: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
The agency has been tracking state unemployment rates since January 1976.
Record lows ranged from 2.4 to 4.3% in these states.
Moments earlier in his speech, Trump claimed that Mississippi also had record low unemployment. “Here in Mississippi, the unemployment rate has reached its all-time low – in history,” he said.
Again , he wasn't lying. The unemployment rate in Mississippi did reach a record low in March – 4.5% – but has since climbed slightly to 4.7%. In total, 18 states have experienced record low unemployment in 2018, with eight states subsequently coming off those lows. Other states, like Pennsylvania and Alaska, have not set records this year, but are hovering around record low territory.