‘That’s progress’: Biden tries to save face as jobs report falls flat

The Labor Department unveiled its monthly jobs report on Friday, and the numbers were disappointing at best.

According to Fox Business, just 194,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were created in September, far less than the half-million new jobs that many economists had predicted. Now, even President Joe Biden has been forced to admit that America’s economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19 is off to a slow start.

Speaking Friday, Biden tried to explain that “monthly totals bounce around, but if you take a look at the trend it’s solid.”

“Jobs up. Wages up. That’s progress,” he added, according to Breitbart. Still, Biden was unable to deny that the report fell short of expectations, remarking, “I’d like to see it faster and we’re going to make it faster.”

Critics slam Biden’s record on job creation

While Biden apparently remains optimistic, other observers had a far more dismal assessment of the new report from the Department of Labor.

“This was the worst jobs report of the year and a clear indictment of President Biden’s failed policies,” Job Creators Network president and CEO Alfredo Ortiz said in a statement to Breitbart.

“Even the termination of Biden’s overly-generous unemployment benefits — which kept workers on the sidelines for almost half a year — failed to stimulate job growth because Biden’s agenda is wrecking small businesses,” he complained.

“It’s his failure alone”

Ortiz was far from alone in his criticism of the president’s record on job creation. Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also excoriated the current commander-in-chief in an op-ed for Fox News.

“This is the second straight month in which jobs numbers have underperformed economists’ projections, and the future doesn’t look bright,” McDaniel wrote Friday.

She insisted that “Joe Biden has squandered the economic recovery he inherited from President Trump and Republicans, and it’s his failure alone.”

And voters are taking notice, too. The latest jobs report seems unlikely to boost the president’s declining poll numbers; a recent survey from Quinnipiac found that just 39% of American adults say that they approve of how Biden has handled the economy since taking office in January.

“This isn’t a one-off, surface-level economic failure,” McDaniel said in her Friday op-ed. “This is a widespread and comprehensive disaster, and it means that Americans are being left behind by Biden’s failed policies.”

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