60 >>good evening, i'm rob vaughn, i'm wendy davis first to find the political spot.
It is still shining on bethlehem following bernie sanders town hall there this week, one of the people taking notice is president trump himself up in a recent presidential tweeting calls the city thriving and says bethlehem has him to thank for that.
Wfmz is holly harrar is in bethlehem with reaction tonight probably.
>>yet robin wendy president trump said in its wheat that he is essentially responsible for the now thriving city, but it's those who live here work here and research this area who seem to disagree.
>>a day after democratic presidential candidate, bernie sanders town hall at artsquest president trump released a tweet complimenting bethlehem's quote unquote thriving economy and saying the city has him to thank for it.
While economists cameron apps are does agree that time is doing very very well economy is doing well.
He says there's always room for growth.
>>plan has huge potential according to ap chart the course of bethlehem's upward trajectory is due in part to the many people in businesses taking advantage of opportunity.
Opportunity that's been years in the making before president trump was in the white house focusing more on small businesses.
>>has happened and then that takes a lot more than you 2 to 3 years to to occur try around 10.
The us bureau of labor statistics shows the city's unemployment rate.
>>has been on a steady decline since 2009 when president obama was in office, it is going on now close to 10 years.
>>so of course 10 years of oil employment increases the v a the level of unemployment taxes.
Everything else about that some residents we spoke with say they'd like to believe they're the ones driving positive change in the city.
>>but they say they'll take all the national attention they can get even if they don't get the credit lot of people.
>>in the immediate area know how great our city is but it's it's nights to seek international spotlight anyway we can.
>>and professor ashar added that that.
That growth has spread beyond bethlehem and throughout the lehigh valley, he says in a matter of months they