(USA Features) President Joe Biden tried to put a positive spin on a rather disappointing jobs report on Friday, claiming the country is headed the right direction even as unemployment ticked up and job creation dramatically underperformed.
“This month’s job numbers show we are still on the right track,” Biden told reporters. “We still have a long way to go.”
The economy created just 266,000 new jobs in April though many economists predicted at least 1 million would be filled. As such, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1 percent from 6 percent.
Biden went on to say that the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the latest COVID relief measure, is working and will continue contributing to positive outcomes throughout the year as state and local governments begin accessing funds including in the measure to bring back at least some of the 1.6 million workers idled by the pandemic.
“Today’s report makes clear thank goodness we passed the American Rescue Plan, help is here and more help is on the way and more help is needed,” he said, going on to claim that more still must be done while urging Congress to support another $2.25 trillion-dollar measure, the American Jobs Plan.
Biden said the massive bill will help the United States “claim our position as the leading and most innovative nation in the world and win the future in the 21st century.”
“Let’s not let up, we are still digging our way out of a very deep hole we were put in,” said the president. “No one should underestimate how tough this battle is. We still have a job to do here in Washington.”