Economic Report Shows Robust Job Numbers Despite Inflation

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Unemployment in 17 states is evidently at the lowest level ever recorded there, and across the most recent reporting period as of May 20, not a single state saw its unemployment rate rise. The figures provide conclusive evidence of economic success under the Biden administration’s leadership — right-wing predictions of some kind of economic meltdown in the event of a Biden presidency don’t reflect what’s actually happening.

The states with record-low unemployment levels include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Biden remarked as follows:

‘This job creation is no accident – it’s the direct result of my economic plan to rebuild the economy from the bottom up and the middle out through the historic American Rescue Plan and a nationwide vaccination strategy. There is more work to do to build an economy that works for all Americans. Tackling inflation is my top priority. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that millions of workers are now able to better provide for themselves and their families and enjoy the dignity that a good-paying job provides.’

High inflation that’s recently been reported isn’t somehow simply the Biden administration’s doing — it’s been high around the world, not just in the United States, so the “Biden is causing inflation” narrative seems just obviously deceptive. In truth, the Biden administration has presided over months of the implementation of the sweeping infrastructure spending package that the president signed into law last year. This bill, hinging on plans for infrastructure development across the United States, stood poised from the very beginning to support the U.S. job market by boosting various critical projects. In summation, the infrastructure package is “already creating good-paying, union jobs, helping fight climate change, advancing environmental justice, boosting domestic manufacturing, strengthening critical links in our supply chains, and ultimately lowering costs for working families,” the Biden team recently stated.

As for further specifics, “The Biden-Harris Administration has announced over $110 billion for the federal government, states, territories, Tribes, and local governments from formula and competitive programs that will change people’s lives for the better – improving roads and highways, rebuilding bridges, strengthening links in our supply chains like ports and airports, replacing lead pipes to deliver clean drinking water, building out high-speed internet, and more,” according to the White House. That money covers more than 4,300 specific projects involving over 3,200 communities throughout all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. “Another nearly $100 billion in requests for information and notices of funding availability have been released,” federal officials say. It’s now been a little over six months since Biden originally signed the bipartisan infrastructure spending agreement.

Heading into the midterms, what do Republicans have to offer? While the plan isn’t broadly endorsed by Republican leaders, one key Republican leader — Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who runs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — released a policy agenda that pushes the idea of raising income taxes on over half of America and, if put into practice, could threaten critical government programs like Social Security and Medicare by forcing key legislative measures to be routinely re-approved. The choice between the relative economic success of Democratic policies and whatever on earth it is that Republicans are doing is clear ahead of this November.