Statement On August Jobs Report From Building Back Together Executive Director Danielle Melfi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2021

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“Bringing an economy back from a pandemic isn’t like flipping a switch, but the economy is making a historic comeback thanks to the Biden-Harris Administration’s laser focus on getting shots in arms, workers on the job, kids back in school, and a robust recovery for American families. In spite of the Delta variant and a continued pandemic among unvaccinated Americans that is preventing an even stronger economic rebound in sectors like travel and shopping and preventing workers from returning to the workplace in some communities, the economy grew by nearly a quarter million jobs last month, while unemployment claims dropped to a new pandemic low. The American economy has gained an average of 750,000 jobs per month over the last 3 months, and since President Biden took office, new unemployment claims were cut in half in under six months, and have now declined by more than 57%. In contrast, during the last economic recovery it took more than four years to cut new unemployment insurance claims in half. 

Nearly 75 percent of adults have received at least one vaccine shot and four million jobs have been created since the President took office, a faster pace than under any President in American history. This historic economic recovery has helped millions of Americans get back on their feet, but we need President Biden’s Build Back Better plan to put even more Americans to work, cut taxes for everyday families, and lower the costs of essentials from health care to child care. The Build Back Better Agenda will create millions of new good-paying jobs rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, tackling the climate crisis, and rebuilding our care economy. The time is now for Congress to act to deliver on the President’s agenda to build our nation back better for everyday families and workers.”