Andrew Gelman has a great post on a piece of government propaganda. Be sure to take a look. His commentary makes much sense.
I'd add that the jobs number refers to "job creation" not outstanding jobs, which explains why it is in the thousands. Propaganda manifests itself in both what it includes and what it omits. While this chart includes a comparison of monthly unemployment rates against an average rate going back to 1960, it does not compare the job creation number to the level required to keep up with population growth.
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