‘America is getting back to work’: Jimmy Patronis applauds Donald Trump for improved jobs report

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Economists warn the road to recovery is long and will last into the new year.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis expressed optimism Friday in the economy and President Donald Trump after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an optimistic decrease in the national unemployment rate.

According to federal data, 25 millions jobs were added to the U.S. economy in May and the nationwide unemployment rate dropped from 14.7% in April to 13.3% in May.

“These numbers represent the spirit of our nation and demonstrate that America is getting back to work,” Patronis said. “For everything going on in the world, our businesses are opening their doors and people want to get this economy going again. I am thrilled to see that the government mandated shutdown didn’t extinguish the embers that are now fueling this recovery. The Trump Administration deserves a round of applause for working with Congress to inject critical resources into our communities, and I will continue hoping and praying that we’ll see this progress through summer and into the fall.”

The incremental recovery of the U.S. economy comes as many businesses across the country begin to reopen their doors after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted government sanctioned economic shutdowns, sending millions to the unemployment line and shuttering businesses big and small in neighborhoods across America.

The jobs gained in May suggest that businesses may be calling workers back quickly. Additionally, federal data shows the number of people applying for unemployment benefits has leveled off.

While May showed improvement, economists have forecasted that unemployment could remain in the double digits and it may take months for those who lost work to finds jobs.

Erica Groshen, a labor economist at Cornell University and a former commissioner of the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, said hiring could ramp up relatively quickly in coming months and reduce unemployment to low double-digits by year’s end.

“Then my inclination is that it will be a long, slow slog,” she said.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.

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  • Sonja Fitch

    June 5, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Omg the BS. 40million jobs lost since mid March! April 20millionjobs lost. May 2million jobs added. Equals 38million Americans STILL unemployed!!!!! Goptrump cult stfu!

  • gary

    June 5, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Guess they can’t credit Obama with this amazing recovery underway! This one is all TRUMP!

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 5, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Update 2million unemployment filings in Jun so far. So net gain. 0

    • gary

      June 6, 2020 at 1:50 am

      #FAKENEWS feed you that BULLSHIT Sonja? Damn you are lost!

      • Sonja Fitch

        June 9, 2020 at 4:55 pm

        Dear Gary. Lost and found! Peace and love to you!

      • Tjb

        June 9, 2020 at 6:44 pm

        In the last three yrs as President, Obama’s economy was better than Trump’s first three yrs. More people entered the job market, GNP was better, and the stock market grew at a faster pace. So he trumped Trump and did not increase the national debt in this time frame.

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