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US President Donald Trump at the White House on August 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

In the wee hours of Monday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to make the dubious claim that GDP was higher than the unemployment rate for the first time in 100 years.

Surprising exactly nobody, it turns out that claim is not true.

In fact, the GDP has surpassed the unemployment rate 185 times since 1948, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

An analysis in the New York Times on Monday identified recent instances in which GDP was higher than unemployment.

“Most recently, in the first quarter of 2006, the gross domestic product grew at a rate of 5.4 percent,” the Times writes, “while the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January, 4.8 percent in February and 4.7 percent in March.”

In September 1950, the Times notes, GDP surged to 16.9 percent, while unemployment was at 4.4 percent, which is the largest positive gap ever achieved. And in Q2 1978, GDP reached 16.4 percent as unemployment held at 5.77 percent.

Fox News helpfully tweeted this factcheck:

Which had people howling:

Others on Twitter dragged the president for making such an obviously false claim.

In the last several decades, GDP has been higher than unemployment dozens of times. “Close enough?” Definitely not.

“Why you gotta lie all the time?”

He doesn’t cite sources because a lie can’t be proven.

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