President Joe Biden boasted of “historic progress” handling the economy Friday, even though the number of jobs created in May disappointed expectations of many economic analysts.
“This is progress, historic progress,” Biden said. “Progress that is pulling our economy out of the worst crisis it’s been in 100 years.”
Biden spoke after the monthly job numbers report showed that only 559,000 jobs were created in May despite estimates of at least 650,000. The unemployment number also dropped to 5.8 percent.
But the White House was determined to describe the jobs numbers as an absolute win.
Biden boasted that the number of jobs created in the first four months of his presidency was triple the record of former President Donald Trump and eight times that of former President Ronald Reagan.
No other president, however, took office during an artificial shutdown of the economy due to the pandemic.