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Donald Trump’s campaign reacted to the disappointing August jobs report on Friday by contending that it was further proof of the “stagnant Clinton-Obama economy.”
“The lack of good-paying jobs is a direct result of the Clinton globalist policies that have sent US jobs and industries overseas,” said David Malpass, a senior economic adviser to Trump.
The US economy added 151,000 jobs in August, fewer than forecast, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9%.
Wage growth was weaker than expected.
“The offshoring of good-paying American jobs and the replacement of American workers at home with lower-paid foreign labor, whether illegal or on work visas, has destroyed upward mobility, consumer purchasing power, and the tax base of state, local, and federal governments,” Malpass said.
He added: “The unemployment rate is unchanged at 4.9% rate. The country’s labor force participation rate is 62.8%, near a historic low. The Clinton-Obama recovery is seven years of failure on virtually every significant metric – growth, income, trade, and jobs. Donald Trump’s policies will put America First, Make America Work Again, and Make America Great Again.”
Trump has made the economy one of the core tenets of his campaign. Throughout the election cycle, the New York businessman has championed anti-free-trade rhetoric and hardline immigration policies as his solutions to create more jobs for Americans.
Akin Oyedele contributed to this report.