Biden calls for relief after 'grim' US jobs report
December 5, 2020
US President-elect Joe Biden has called for swift approval of a coronavirus aid bill after a new jobs report highlighted a slowing labor market. The Democrat said "the future will be very bleak" if lawmakers fail to act.
US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday warned of a "bleak" future if the Congress fails to take swift action on a coronavirus aid bill.
"It was grim,'' Biden said, referring to the report. "It shows an economy that's stalling."
The data from the report shows that US employers added just 245,000 new jobs in November — the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown — while 10.7 million workers remain unemployed.
The tally of long-term unemployed — people who have been jobless for 27 weeks or more — increased by 385,000 to 3.9 million.
'No time to lose'
"If we don't act now, the future will be very bleak. Americans need help and they need it now. And they need more to come early next year," Biden told reporters in Delaware.
"If we act now — I mean now — we can begin to regain momentum and start to build back a better future," he said. "There's no time to lose.''
The Democrat has put his weight behind a nascent bipartisan package of around $908 billion (€750 billion) in COVID-19 spending that has drawn tentative support from members of both parties in Congress.