Fact check: White House corrects Biden’s inaccurate boast about gas prices
But he used inaccurate numbers in both subjects.
Biden said, “Gas prices — I know I’ve been criticized for going into inventory. But guess what? Gas prices are down, $1.30 a gallon. And in 41 states plus the District of Columbia, the average price of gasoline is less than $2.99.”
facts first: Biden’s Claim About Average Gas Prices Was False, White House Confirmed Correction of the official record CNN inquired about the claim on Friday afternoon. In fact, zero states average less than $2.99 a gallon, according to the numbers GasBuddy and the American Automobile Association turns out. As the correction notes, Biden missed a key number: 41 states and the District of Columbia with an average price of less than $3.99, not $2.99.
Biden has used the $3.99 number right in earlier notes, and it’s good that the White House is willing to right the wrongs. But the price of gas is one of the most important figures in politics. Even if the president made an unintentional mistake this time around, his incorrect remark was broadcast live on CNN and MSNBC.
The national average price for regular gasoline is $3,689, according to AAA.
“We have an unemployment rate of 3.7%, which is the lowest in 50 — over 50 years,” Biden said.
facts first: The 3.7% unemployment rate Low by historical standards, but not the lowest in 50 years or more than 50 years. In fact, the monthly rate was less than 3.7% – either 3.6% or 3.5% – Nine times in 2019 and early 2020during former President Donald Trump’s tenure, as well as five times during Biden’s presidency.
A White House official noted Friday that on at least five previous occasions this month, Biden correctly said the current unemployment rate is “close” to a 50-year low. (Before Trump, the rate hasn’t been as low as 3.5% since 1969.) By claiming this time the 3.7% rate is the lowest in more than 50 years, though Biden not only erased the recent rise from 3.5% to 3.7% But it erased the performance of the pre-pandemic economy under his Republican predecessor.