“America is back to work,” Joe Biden has declared after an upbeat jobs report showed sustained gains in employment as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wane.
The president is speaking at the White House after the US added 431,000 jobs in March, the 11th successive month of gains above 400,000, and saw the unemployment rate drop to 3.6%, the lowest level since the pandemic began.
“We’re building a recovery worthy of American workers, strong and resilient,” Biden said.
“We’re going to be able to overcome the headwinds of Delta and Omicron and even more in Europe. Our policies are working and we’re getting results for the American people, which is what it’s all about. Record job creation, record unemployment declines, record wage gains.
“Jobs and unemployment are not just another statistic. They go directly to the core of what the economy represents, the ability for hard working Americans to live with dignity, support their families and build a better life for their children.
“People are making more money. They’re finding better jobs and after decades of being mistreated.”
The figures were are actually slightly below expectations, despite Biden’s rosy take.
The largest gains were in leisure and hospitality which added 112,000 new jobs in March. But other sectors including professional and business services, which added 102,000 jobs, also showed strong growth.
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