Trump on Latest Economic Numbers: ‘We’re the Miracle’

Melanie Arter | October 4, 2019 | 4:35pm EDT
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( - President Donald Trump celebrated the latest jobs numbers on Friday, showing record employment in September at 158,269,000 and 3.5 percent unemployment - the best since 1969.

“So, the unemployment numbers just came out, and they’re the best numbers we’ve had in over 50 years. The unemployment number is down to 3.5 percent, so that goes way, way back. We haven’t had numbers like this in a long time. Wages are up by almost 3 percent. That’s a fantastic increase for everybody out there working,” Trump told reporters before heading to Bethesda, Md., to meet with wounded warriors.


“We’re very happy about those numbers. The stock market is substantially up, as it was yesterday, and our country does well. Europe is not doing well. Asia is doing poorly, to put it mildly, and we continue to do very well. We’re the miracle, but the unemployment numbers just came out: 3.5 percent unemployment, and that is a tremendous number; the lowest in over 50 years. So, very happy,” he said.

As reported, For the 22nd time since Donald Trump took office, the number of employed Americans reached a record high last month, climbing 319,000 from August's record 157,878,000 to 158,269,000. At the same time, the number of unemployed Americans set a Trump-era low at 5,769,000.



The president said when he was running for office wages were trending downward and people needed to work two and three jobs.

“They were making less money than they made 20 years before. Now wages are up. So we’re very happy about that,” he said.

The president also announced that the administration would be granting a full visa waiver to Poland, which means people can travel easily back and forth before the United States and Poland.

“One other thing, having to do with Poland. So, Poland is a country, great people. We have a lot of Polish Americans living in the United States. I've just signed -- I will soon be signing -- and sign certain preliminary applications. We will be giving a full visa waiver to Poland. That means that people from Poland can easily travel there, and people from here can easily go back and forth,” he said.

“People from the U.S., people from Poland, can very easily go back and forth between the United States and Poland. So, they’ve been trying to get this for many, many decades, and I got it for the Polish people, in honor of the Polish people in the United States and in Poland,” Trump said.


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