The Biden Jobs Recovery Continues As Unemployment Claims Remain Near Historic Low

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today’s latest economic data underscores the historic economic recovery under the Biden-Harris Administration, as unemployment claims remained near a 52-year low, and the average number of Americans filing for unemployment over the past four weeks hit its lowest level since 1969.

“President Biden has made taking on the pandemic and delivering a strong economic recovery his top priority, and our country’s jobs recovery continues to be one of the strongest ever, boosting American workers everywhere,” said Building Back Together Executive Director Danielle Melfi. “Even as he has built a historic jobs recovery, and fought to ensure Americans can get safely back to work, the President recognizes that Americans are facing other pandemic-induced challenges, and has aggressively taken actions to improve our supply chain and bring down prices. It’s critical that Congress pass the Build Back Better Act to further bring down the cost of health care, prescription drugs, housing, utility bills, and more.”

President Biden continues to deliver a historic economic recovery that has created millions of jobs and put more money in Americans’ pockets:

  • The unemployment rate has fallen faster under President Biden than in any other year in the past five decades — economists projected it would take us until the end of 2024 to reach this level.
  • The number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits has dropped from 18 million to 2 million since the President took office.
  • Nearly 6 million jobs have been created since President Biden took office — the most of any first- year President in history.

But the President knows that even a small increase in prices can affect a family, which is why he’s taken strong steps to address supply chain challenges and bring down prices: 

And he’s not stopping there. Today, the Administration announced a new initiative to strengthen America’s trucking workforce, a key link in our nation’s supply chain: