President Joe Biden cited Thursday’s unemployment numbers as a signal his administration is shepherding a “durable economic recovery” following the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Labor announced earlier that day that the number of people filing new unemployment claims fell to 310,000, the lowest mark since the beginning of the pandemic. Claims spiked in late March 2020 at 6.9 million. White House officials noted that, in total, new unemployment claims have fallen nearly 500,000 since Biden entered office on Jan. 20.
“That is encouraging news for so many American families who have found a new opportunity and a little bit of breathing room as we continue to build back from last year’s economic devastation,” Biden said of the Labor Department report. “Most importantly, along with seven consecutive positive job reports that have seen us gain nearly 4.5 million jobs since my Administration began, this