Biden downplays strong jobs numbers

Biden downplays strong jobs numbers

Joe Biden tried deflating President Trump's excitement over the new job numbers, which greatly exceeded economists' expectations.

On Thursday morning, the Department of Labor announced that the economy gained 4.8 million jobs in June, lowering the unemployment rate to 11.1%.

Addressing the public from his Wilmington, Delaware, basement via a web stream, Biden called the latest employment numbers encouraging but placed the blame squarely on Trump for the current economic crisis.

“Until this president faces what’s going on in our country, our economy is going to remain at risk. Today’s report is positive news, and I’m thankful for it,” the former vice president said Thursday morning. “Trump wants to declare this health crisis over and unemployment solved. Now, unfortunately, he’s dead wrong on both fronts. We’ve already had more than 128,000 dead, and the number keeps climbing. That’s a direct consequence of Donald Trump’s bungled leadership.”

He added, “Make no mistake, we’re still in a deep, deep hole because Donald Trump has so badly bungled the response to the coronavirus and now has basically given up on responding at all.”

Biden also reminded the public about the new surge in coronavirus cases, mostly concentrated in Southern states. He said he feared that many of the gains in the job market could slide backward if states begin reimplementing lockdown measures.

“There's no victory to be celebrated. We're still down nearly 15 million jobs, and the pandemic is getting worse and not better,” he said.

Trump is “not even trying to secure the public health anymore. He'd rather go back to the campaign rallies,” Biden said. “He's decided he has more to gain by dividing this country for his own political purposes.”

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