West Virginia Republican Party
"For only the second time since 2000, there are more job openings than Americans who are unemployed."

West Virginia Republican Party on Friday, August 10th, 2018 in a tweet

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West Virginia GOP right about job openings, unemployed workers

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In a recent tweet, the West Virginia Republican Party offered an example of how well the national economy is performing.

On Aug. 10, the party tweeted, "ICYMI: For only the second time since 2000, there are more job openings than Americans who are unemployed. Tax reform and a pro-growth agenda have unleashed America's economic engine. #WVGOP #WVComeBack"

Is this correct?

We turned to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official federal data source for employment figures. The bureau collects both statistics -- job openings and unemployed workers.

We produced a chart to show how those trend lines interact:

The chart makes it clear: For the first time since both statistics were recorded at the same time, the number of job openings, shown in blue, has exceeded the number of unemployed workers, in red, in recent months.

This was the case in March, April, May and June. So the tweet understated the number of times, but was otherwise accurate.

Our ruling

The West Virginia Republican Party tweeted, "For only the second time since 2000, there are more job openings than Americans who are unemployed."

In March, April, May and June, the number of job openings was higher than the number of unemployed Americans -- the first time since that has happened since both statistics were calculated.

That’s four times rather than two, so the tweet actually undersold the accomplishment. We rate the statement True.

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