In an attempt to trash capitalist President Trump’s roaring economy, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a claim that America’s low unemployment numbers are simply a result of everyone working too many jobs just to get by.
"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," she claimed during a PBS “Firing Line” interview.
“Capitalism has not always existed in the world, and it will not always exist in the world,” she also insisted.
After her unemployment claim caught a lot of attention this week, fact-checking site PolitiFact decided to put the screws to Ocasio-Cortez’ declaration to see if it could hold up to reality.
PolitiFact discovered that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 148 million Americans hold a single job while 6 or 7 million have more than one job.
In other words, between four or five percent of Americans have multiple jobs. That’s really low. And that number has been dropping fairly steadily since 1997.
Plus, the percentage of multi-job people who work two full-time jobs — as opposed to working some part-time jobs — is less than five percent. That eats into Ocasio-Cortez’ argument that a lot of people are working 60 to 80 hours a week and just barely getting by.
Employed Americans, on average, work 34.5 hours a week — a number that hasn’t changed recently.
PolitiFact deemed her words “off in multiple ways” and gave her claim the dreaded “pants on fire” rating for being ridiculously untruthful. According to the site, she didn’t respond to PolitiFact’s request for comment.
It’s not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been unable to defend one of her claims. In that same PBS interview, she said Israel was unjustly occupying Palestine. Asked to clarify what she meant, Ocasio-Cortez stumbled around, looking like a liberal college student caught in a Campus Reform man-on-the-street interview, trying to make up a good answer in order to save face but able to only recall bits and pieces of liberal talking points.