A new jobs report that said the economy added a better-than-expected 224,000 jobs in June delivered good news on Friday for President Trump, solidifying the sense that economic growth will be a source of strength for his reelection bid next year.
There was little bad news in the report, which showed job growth in manufacturing, construction and other sectors, as well as a slight increase in wages.
After the economy added just 75,000 jobs in May — a number downgraded on Friday to 72,0000 — there were widespread concerns that the economy might be sliding back and that a recession before the election could even be possible.
Such fears largely dissipated with the new report, leaving Trump sounding a confident note.
“We had great numbers this morning,” the president told reporters. “And our country continues to do really well — really, really well. So we’re very happy about it. I think we’re going to — we’re going to be breaking records.”