President Biden on Friday brushed off a second month of disappointing jobs-growth figures, claiming “monthly totals bounce around” before walking off without taking reporters’ questions.
Biden spoke about 90 minutes later than scheduled and emphasized that the unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in September — the lowest since February 2020 — even though economists say that reflects fewer people seeking work.
“Today’s report has the unemployment rate down to 4.8 percent, a significant improvement from when I took office and the sign that our recovery is moving forward,” Biden said.
He added, “The monthly totals bounce around, but if you take a look at the trend, it is solid. On average, 600,000 new jobs created every month since I took office.”
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