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Fact Checker: Gillibrand Shared a ‘Cascade’ of Untrue Employment Stats in Speech

During a speech to a liberal audience Wednesday, Gillibrand clearly wanted to paint a gloomier picture of the national economy than is actually the case.

By NTK Staff | 11.15.2018 @11:00am
Fact Checker: Gillibrand Shared a ‘Cascade’ of Untrue Employment Stats in Speech

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a potential 2020 presidential candidate, portrayed the U.S. economy in a highly negative light by stating misinformation during a speech at the National Action Network Conference on Wednesday.

Fact checkers at the Washington Post said the Democrat went too far when she “managed to mangle three statistics in three consecutive sentences before a large audience.” Here’s what Gillibrand said:

“When they declare victory at 4 percent unemployment, it is not good enough. Because 4 percent unemployment means an 8 or 9 percent unemployment in some cities for black women. It means a 16 percent unemployment rate for black men. It means young veterans coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan, a 20 percent unemployment rate. So our work really isn’t done.”

Gillibrand claimed the unemployment rate for black men was 16 percent. But in reality, it’s 6.2 percent. She claimed the unemployment rate for black women was 8 or 9 percent, but it’s actually just 4.9 percent. And she claimed the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was 20 percent, but it’s actually just 2.7 percent.

A Gillibrand staffer attempted to clean up her boss’s false statements by saying Gillibrand meant to use the word “young” before each of those demographic groups, but omitted it by accident.

Her numbers are closer to accurate when viewed through that prism, but not entirely so. The unemployment rate for “Gulf War-era II veterans,” ages 18-24, for example, was 12.6 percent in October. Indeed that’s higher than the 2.7 percent rate for all Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, but still not 20 percent, either.

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler called Sinema’s speech a “cascade of misfired employment statistics,” and closed his piece this way:

Somehow, Gillibrand managed to mangle three statistics in three consecutive sentences before a large audience. If you are trying to make the case that you can provide better economic stewardship, you need to get the numbers right first.

With the 2020 campaign starting to kick into high gear, Gillibrand will need to do a better job with the facts if she wants to compete with her fellow Democrats for her party’s nomination.

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