FACT CHECK: Do Almost A Fourth Of Americans Between 25 And 54 Not Have Jobs?
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller stated that “almost one in four Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 aren’t even employed,” during a Wednesday press conference.
Miller made the claim during a heated exchange about the RAISE act with New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush.
Government data support Miller’s claim that “almost” one-quarter of Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 do not have jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), under the federal government’s Department of Labor, compiles monthly data about employment in the U.S. One statistic that the BLS calculates is the “Employment-Population Ratio” – the ratio of the population of employed people over the total population.
As of June 2017, the BLS calculates that the employment-population ratio of the American population between the ages of 25 and 54 is 78.5 percent, which means that 21.5 percent of all Americans between 25 and 54 are not employed.
Miller’s claim that “almost” one-quarter of Americans between 25 and 54 do not have jobs holds up to the facts.
Although the employment-population ratio does not prove Miller’s broader conclusions about a surplus of low-skill labor in the U.S., his claim that “almost” one in four Americans between 25 and 54 are not employed is true.
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