Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different takes on the state of the job market in the United States.
One believes that progress has been made over the last eight years while the other would dispute that. How most Americans feels depends at least in part on their own situation. Someone unemployed or underemployed might tend to agree with Trump, while someone who found work during the Barack Obama administration would probably lean toward Clinton’s point of view.
In reality, though, while you can debate the health of the job market, a new report from the Pew Research Center, complied in association with the Markle Foundation, shows that there are some cold, hard facts people from both sides of the aisle can agree on. Whether it’s getting better or worse, the U.S. job market has changed. The Pew report, which analyzed government jobs data, found that “for the past several decades, employment has been rising faster in jobs requiring higher levels of preparation — that is, more education, training and experience.”