The official monthly jobs report for December 2017 was a disappointment, as the Labor Department estimated that the economy added just 148,000 jobs over the last month.
And despite the fact that President Donald Trump has bragged about his first year in office being an unqualified economic success, it turns out that average monthly job growth in 2017 was 171,000 jobs per month -- which was down significantly from the 187,000 jobs per month that were added in 2016.
What's more, the monthly average of 171,000 jobs created in 2017 was actually the lowest average monthly job growth since 2010, when just 88,000 jobs were added per month.
Fox News' research team posted the numbers for average monthly job growth on its Twitter account -- and there was deathly silence in response from the usual crowd of Trump supporters.
Average Monthly #Job Gains -by year •2017: 171,000 •2016: 187,000 •2015: 226,000 •2014: 250,000 •2013: 192,000 •20… https://t.co/iRS0FAgbgW— Fox News Research (@Fox News Research) 1515160467.0
Instead, the tweet generated lots of pointing and laughing from liberals who mocked Fox for acknowledging that job growth under the last six years of the Obama administration was stronger than during Trump's first year.
Check out the top reactions below.
@FoxNewsResearch @jaketapper So basically, Obama did better in job creation than Trump in each of his last six year… https://t.co/uyxgsgz9ZX— Galileo (@Galileo) 1515162056.0
@FoxNewsResearch @jaketapper I thought you guys were on Team Trump. Thank you for showcasing President Obama. It’s… https://t.co/mfHLr9FZsu— Elizabeth Prewitt (@Elizabeth Prewitt) 1515161976.0
@FoxNewsResearch Um, @FoxNews , you know this doesn't look great for @realDonaldTrump right? Are you allowed to post this?— Brian Ferguson (@Brian Ferguson) 1515161998.0
@FoxNewsResearch @jaketapper . @jaketapper ....does this mean that FoxNews is now fake too??? My head hurts.— Unapologetic Progressive (@Unapologetic Progressive) 1515161681.0
@FoxNewsResearch So, what you're saying is we've had the worst job creation since 2011? Rad.— Casey Hines (@Casey Hines) 1515162689.0