Government fact-checking organization PolitiFact called-out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ bogus economic claim Thursday, saying her argument that the US unemployment rate was low because many workers had “two jobs” was a “pants on fire” level lie.
Cortez left many economists scratching their heads this week after making the bizarre statement, saying “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.”
“In our review, we found many reasons why unemployment is low, and not for the overwork that Ocasio-Cortez cited. The biggest factors include strong economic confidence and the long-running economic recovery,” writes PolitiFact.
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According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, “People are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work.”