President Donald Trump was happily accepting responsibility for the hiring surge in the private sector that took place last month. He took to Twitter to cite a LinkedIn jobs report published last month, and CNBC confirmed the jobs growth in a report Wednesday morning.
The private sector's hiring grew by nearly 300,000 jobs in February. That figure included more than 100,000 positions with companies that produce goods and 66,000 jobs in construction. Those numbers exceeded predictions by more than 100,000 jobs.
Hiring in January increased by more than 11 percent compared to the same period one year earlier, according to the LinkedIn Workforce Report.
The news followed Trump's hailing of Exxon Mobil's announcement Tuesday of its new jobs program that aims to invest $20 billion to ramp up hiring in the construction and manufacturing industries by creating more than 45,000 jobs.
"This is exactly the kind of investment, economic development and job creation that will help put Americans back to work," Trump said in an official White House statement. "Many of the products that will be manufactured here in the United States by American workers will be exported to other countries, improving our balance of trade. This is a true American success story. In addition, the jobs created are paying on average $100,000 per year."
During his inauguration address in January, Trump vowed he and his administration would create 25 million new jobs. It was an ambitious promise given that the most jobs created by any president in history was almost 23 million under former President Bill Clinton.
"We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams," Trump said at the time.
However, Trump's role in creating those jobs in January was downplayed by NBC News, which reported that companies have been embellishing their hiring plans so as to avoid the wrath of the new president.