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Trump Said Not To Believe The Jobless Rate. Sadly For Him, People Don’t.

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WASHINGTON ― If President Donald Trump still thinks the unemployment rate is a sham, he’s got lots of company: Most Americans either say they’re unsure about the government’s jobs numbers or actively lack confidence in them.
For years, Trump said the monthly jobs reports put out by the Labor Department were “phony” and misleading, and that the “real” unemployment rate was as high as 42 percent. But on Friday, after the department announced a national unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump considers the number “very real now.”
Americans’ skepticism hasn’t dissipated so easily, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.
Just 29 percent of Americans polled say they’re confident that the currently reported 4.7 percent unemployment rate is correct. Forty percent say they’re not confident, and another 31 percent say they’re unsure ― a finding that tracks with the public’s widespread distrust of most major institutions. Among those who lack confidence, 82 percent believe that the real unemployment rate is actually higher.
Democrats are somewhat less likely than Republicans to say they trust the latest numbers, although the difference pales in comparison to the partisan splits seen on other issues. Democrats say by…