- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

The White House said Friday that another positive report on hiring shows that “President Trump’s bold economic vision continues to pay off.”

“November was a great month for American workers,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “With tax reform moving quickly through Congress, confidence in the strength of our economy remains high and families around the country are reaping the benefits.”

The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent, the Labor Department reported.

It’s the strongest job market in at least a decade, and stocks rose again on the news, with the Dow up about 80 points by late morning.

Mrs. Sanders said the administration is “especially pleased to see the manufacturing sector roaring back to life, adding a total of 159,000 jobs since President Trump took office after averaging a loss of more than 1,000 jobs per month during the last year of the previous administration.”

“As we continue to unleash the American economy from unnecessary regulation and taxes, we look forward to seeing more reports like this, showing a healthy and thriving jobs market for the American people,” she said.

House and Senate negotiators are working to complete a tax-cut plan by the end of this month that would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to about 20 percent, and cut taxes for most individuals.

Senior Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump said the jobs report was more proof of the president’s “fearless leadership.”

“Now, with historic tax cuts imminent, Americans can dream endless possibilities once again,” she said.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said average job growth in 2017 is about 13,000 less per month than for the same period under President Barack Obama in 2016.

“For the past 10 months, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Republicans in Congress have tried to take away people’s health care, slashed funding for critical education and job training programs, and pushed a tax plan that rewards the wealthy and special interests at the expense of the middle class,” Mr. Perez said. “President Obama and Democratic leaders stabilized the U.S. economy after the Great Recession by lifting up working families, and we will keep fighting Trump’s attacks on the middle class so we don’t see another economic disaster like we did at the end of the last Republican administration.”


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