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Joe Biden Is Standing Up for Working Americans

This piece was originally published in the April 22, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

“Our recovery so far has led to the creation of 7.9 million new jobs—more jobs created over the first 14 months than any president ever. The unemployment rate is at 3.6%, down from 6.4% in January 2021. We have more work to do, but America is on the move.” – President Joe Biden

President Biden is the latest in a long series of Democratic presidents to preside over thriving economies and employment booms. While unemployment rose under the last three Republican presidents, it fell precipitously under the last three Democratic presidents. And no president ever has presided over a faster fall in unemployment than President Biden.

He knows what a good job with good pay means to a working family, and he is committed to making that a reality for all Americans by creating jobs, raising the minimum wage, and supporting workers’ rights to make sure everyone is safe, secure, and productive for their families and the country. 

Share this graphic to celebrate the historic restoration of the workforce over the past year:

The image features a headline that reads: Unemployment drops when Democrats are in charge. Below the headline is a table, which has a Y-Axis that reads: Change in unemployment rate (percentage points) and ranges from -4 to 4, increasing by increments of one. At the center of the table, it lists out the following presidents, from top to bottom, and the change in unemployment rate during their presidency: George H.W. Bush +1.9, Bill Clinton -3.1, George W. Bush +3.6, Barack Obama -3.1, Donald Trump +1.7, and Joe Biden -2.8 A footer reads: Which party would you rather have in charge of our economy?

In the news

  • Applications for jobless claims fell to the lowest level in 50 years, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor last week. The record-low unemployment is part of the stellar economic recovery that the United States has experienced since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Former D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone has accused Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) of having “lied to [his] face” about Lee’s involvement in and support for the January 6 insurrection. Fanone and others affected by the attack on the Capitol have been pursuing restitution through the courts for more than one year now.

What we’re reading

This piece was originally published in the April 22, 2022 edition of CAP Action’s newsletter, the Progress Report. Subscribe to the Progress Report here.

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Brad Chester


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