Credit Obama for Low Unemployment Rate, Former Obama Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett Says

Former top advisor to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett gave Obama credit when asked if President Donald Trump should be commended for the low unemployment rate.

During an interview on CNN's New Day, Jarrett was asked if she gives Trump credit for the low unemployment rate of 3.9 percent after The Bureau Statistics of Labor announced on Friday that the economy added 164,000 jobs. This is currently at the lowest unemployment rate since 2000, according to the bureau.

Jarrett said Obama started the trend when he took office and was able to drop the unemployment rate in half.

"Look, I think we have to look at it over a longer horizon than that," she said. "If you think about what the economy was like when President Obama took office, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Under his watch, the unemployment rate dropped in half and it's encouraging to see that we're continuing to make progress."

Trump tweeted about the 3.9 percent unemployment rate on Friday, boasting about how jobs are doing so well in the U.S.

"JUST OUT: 3.9% Unemployment. 4% is Broken! In the meantime, WITCH HUNT!" Trump wrote.

JUST OUT: 3.9% Unemployment. 4% is Broken! In the meantime, WITCH HUNT!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2018

But, some Democrats would have to disagree with Jarrett's statement. A Quinnipiac University poll released in April found that 46 percent of Democrats agreed that Trump, not Obama, was the reason behind the economy's current state.

Despite the credit Trump is receiving, voters are still divided on the state of the economy. The poll found that only nine percent of voters believed the economy was in "excellent" shape, 51 percent of participants said the economy was good, and 27 percent felt the U.S. economy was "not so good." Twelve percent of voters found the economy to be in "poor" shape.

Trump made a promise to his supporters in 2017 that he would raise the country's economic growth to four percent.