Trump claimed he’d seen numbers that show America’s real unemployment rate is as high as 42%.
How does he arrive at such a wild figure?
Trump appears to be looking at the number of American adults not working. Period.
Out of about 251 million American adults, roughly 102 million — or 40.6% — aren’t working.
But, of course, there are a lot of reasons people don’t work. They could be disabled, in college, at home raising kids or retired.
And you wouldn’t include those groups in the unemployment rate, which tries to capture how many people are actively looking for work and can’t find it