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AP FACT CHECK: Dem response: Stacey Abrams on economy

February 6, 2019
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, then Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Abrams will deliver her party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union by arguing for a more unified society that gives every American a chance at prosperity. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, then Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party in Atlanta. Abrams will deliver her party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union by arguing for a more unified society that gives every American a chance at prosperity. (AP Photo/John Amis)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at one of Stacey Abrams’ statements from her response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night and how it compares with the facts:

ABRAMS: “The Republican tax bill rigged the system against working people. Rather than bringing back jobs, plants are closing, layoffs are looming and wages struggle to keep pace with the actual cost of living.

THE FACTS: The economy is doing better in the wake of the Trump administration’s tax cuts than Abrams suggests. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, briefly fell to a five-decade low last month. And average hourly pay is running ahead of inflation.

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