Julian Castro Fails AP Fact Check on Claim Ohio, MI, PA are Losing Jobs Under Trump

Julian Castro failed the AP Fact Check on one of his provocative claims during Tuesday night’s Democratic party debate.

Castro claimed rust belt states Ohio, Michigan and PA are losing jobs under President Trump.

Per AP,

JULIAN CASTRO, former U.S. housing secretary: “Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania actually in the latest jobs data have lost jobs, not gained them.”

THE FACTS: Nope.

Figures from the Labor Department show that the former Housing and Urban Development secretary is wrong.

Ohio added jobs in August. So did Michigan . Same with Pennsylvania .

So Castro’s statement is off.

Update: Castro has also failed Wapo’s fact check.

Per Wapo.

“[The Democratic candidates are talking about how to get more people] put to work in places like Ohio where Donald Trump has broken his promises because Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania actually in the latest jobs data have lost jobs not gained them.”

— Former HUD secretary Julián Castro

This is not correct, according to the latest monthly data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate went up modestly in Ohio, from 4.0 to 4.1 percent from July to August, but remained steady in Pennsylvania at 3.9 percent and declined from 4.3 percent to 4.2 percent in Michigan. The number of jobs — the size of labor forces — increased in all three states.

The Castro campaign pointed to a March to July slippage in nonfarm employment to justify his answer, but that’s cherry-picked. The BLS data shows that year over year, nonfarm employment increased every month. Small changes in the number of jobs month by month is not nearly as significant as the year to year numbers.

Twitter users also blasted Castro for what appears to be an outright lie.

This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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