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Trump calls new jobs report "a bombshell"

Friday, June 03, 2016 - 01:15

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seized on a U.S. jobs report that showed the weakest hiring in more than five years, saying, ''We're going to turn it around. We're going to make America great again.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seized on a U.S. jobs report on Friday (June 3) that showed the weakest hiring in more than five years, calling it evidence that the country needs to move away from Democratic economic policies. "It was like a bombshell. They were expecting 150,000 maybe 200,000 jobs- turns out to be 38,000, and they're bad jobs folks. You know everybody, even the other side says we don't have good jobs anymore," said Trump during a rally at Redding Airport, California. "We're going to turn it around. We're going to make America great again," Trump said. The report gave Trump his biggest opening yet to target Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on the economy, after months of mostly solid economic indicators. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.7 percent, the lowest level since November 2007, but that was in part due to people dropping out of the labor force. Overall, nonfarm payrolls increased by only 38,000 jobs in May. Clinton, front-runner to be the Democratic nominee for the Nov. 8 election, has credited President Barack Obama for reviving the U.S. economy after the 2008 recession but has also said that the recovery is not over. If disappointing jobs reports continue, Trump could use Clinton's pledge to build on Obama's work against her to woo working-class voters in states such as Ohio. The state has lost well-paying manufacturing jobs and is also a presidential battleground - closely competitive because it does not lean heavily either Republican or Democratic.

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Trump calls new jobs report "a bombshell"

Friday, June 03, 2016 - 01:15