Fact Checking Trump’s First Congressional Address

Fact checking Alternative President Trump’s first congressional address is actually a lot more work for everyone than simply asking if he said anything that was factual.  By “factual,” I mean not only based on facts but also supported by facts.  Providing a real statistic without any context and then using it to support an unrelated statement, is absolutely not factual.

“Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, relying on a monthly survey known as the Current Population Survey (CPS), shows that, as of January 2016, 94.4 million Americans 16 years and older were “not in labor force.”  Who are the 94 million not in the labor force? The BLS has data for the year 2015 showing that 93 percent do not want a job at all. The picture that emerges from a study of the data shows that the 95 million consists mostly of people who are retired, students, stay-at-home parents or disabled.