"Longest uninterrupted period of job growth on record" - I have no idea how the White House economists are able to pull that rabbit out their collective hat, the post gives no explantion as to how they arrived at that particular conclusion. The fact of the matter is that job growth for the last five years has not even kept up with population growth.
To decode this message, we have to actually extract job growth numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor. During college I was on the school newspaper for a semester, and I wrote a story about job growth for the paper because I was interested in the many graphs
that I found circulating on the internet. I soon discovered that compiling job growth data is a fairly daunting task.
If you go the bls.gov website to find data on job growth, you hit a wall of meaningless information. The bls.gov search engine is useless, and job growth figures are not mentioned in the A-Z index. After some research, I found out that job growth figures are called "nonfarm payroll employment".
Even then, the bls.gov search engine and A-Z index is useless. You can find pdf files that mention nonfarm payroll employment, but usually they only give you figure for one month, or one year, and the data provided on these different reports is all compiled differently. It is almost impossible to find consistent information from one report or another.
I finally found this link,
which has links to archived news releases for employment figures, but they only go back to 1994. They are not compiled in a usable fashion, you have to go into each press release and find the individual nonfarm payroll employment figures month by month.
It's interesting the colorful language used to describe these figures when they are lower or higher than the previous month. Also, nonfarm payroll employment figures are always listed on the first paragraph, except in a few cases when the figures were especially bad - in which case they are sheepishly buried on the second page of the press release.
Here is the job growth story that I wrote for the school newpaper: