Charlotte, N.C. – Michelle Obama hit a real home run for the President with an electrifying speech she gave to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. There was only one issue with the speech. There was a small part of it that contained a pretty big lie.
Michelle Obama said in her DNC address:
“He brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again — jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America.”
Sounds great and it really counters some serious Republican criticism about the President’s jobs record. The only issue is that it is not true.
When you look at President Obama’s record on jobs and the types of jobs created and lost since he took office, you will notice that the majority of workers who lost their jobs under President Obama have been middle wage jobs. In the meantime a full three-fifths of the jobs created during the last four years have been low wage jobs. The National Employment Law Project says that a good deal of the jobs created have been in lousy paying sectors like retail and food services.
There are some States, Michigan being an example, where more than a full quarter of all workers are in low-wage paying jobs according to data from the Michigan League for Human Services cited by the Detroit Free Press.
There is of course good reason as to why during tough times low-wage jobs tend to flourish. During the recession businesses such as Wal-Mart and McDonalds tend to thrive due to consumer demands for value. Unfortunately value based companies notoriously pay minimum wage or slightly better.
Paul Ryan has been roundly criticized for not being completely honest during his speech at the RNC last week. It seems as if Michelle Obama has answered in kind.