Statement On Unemployment Insurance Claims From Building Back Together Executive Director Danielle Melfi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2021
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STATEMENT ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMS FROM BUILDING BACK TOGETHER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DANIELLE MELFI
“Today’s report showing that unemployment insurance claims have again reached a pandemic low underscores how far we’ve come under the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration. Thanks to President Biden’s work getting shots in arms and direct relief to the American people with his American Rescue Plan, weekly jobless claims have dropped from over 900,000 a week in early January to 269,000 last week — a reduction in claims of 75 percent in just over nine months. The four-week claim average has also again fallen to a new pandemic low, showing that the job market has been consistently improving as the Delta variant recedes and the economy rebounds under the historic pace of job creation under President Biden’s economic agenda, with nearly five million jobs created in eight months.
But we still have work to do to build an economy that works for everyone. That is why we urge leaders in Congress to deliver on President Biden’s Build Back Better Framework and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal to create millions of good-paying jobs, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, give the middle class breathing room by lowering costs from prescription drugs to utility bills, while ensuring the ultra-wealthy and big corporations finally pay their fair share.