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A weaker than expected jobs report managed to capture the attention of the three broadcast networks evening newscasts. That was quite a switch.Those same news programs often underreported good economic news in the past year. ABC World News skipped reporting the jobs report four times in 2017.
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Jan. 5, that 148,000 jobs were added in December, the unemployment rate remained at the 17-year-low of 4.1 percent and wages grew by 2.5 percent.
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The job market remains “very healthy,” according to economists, in spite of a fewer than expected job gains in December.
ABC, CBS and NBC evening news broadcasts all covered the December data, but none bothered to dig deep. World News Tonight with David Muir noted that “fewer” jobs were added than expected in the 20 second report about the state of American employment. Surprisingly, that was more than CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor (11 seconds) or NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (17 seconds) the same night.
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Each anchor rattled off the new data, without citing any economists or perspective on what the numbers mean for Americans.
Holt followed up the jobs report with a story about how President Donald Trump’s administration ended an Obama policy protecting marijuana sales. NBC warned it could hurt California boomtowns trying to cash in on cannabis.
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