Labor Secretary Marty Walsh called the 194,000 jobs added in September “not the best number” and acknowledged the Biden administration has “work to do” to build the economy as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
“There’s no question we have work to do. Number one, we’re still living with a pandemic, it’s a worldwide pandemic,” Walsh said Sunday evening on “Axios on HBO.” I
“Also, people are worried about the Delta version, people are worried about their personal health. We have people who have been vaccinated, people who haven’t been vaccinated, people who have been vaccinated are worried about people who haven’t been vaccinated,” he continued.
The 190,000 jobs added last month fell short of economists’ expectations of nearly 500,000.
At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, the lowest since February 2020, as more Americans exited the labor market. I
Walsh tried to put a positive spin on the numbers, saying, “194,000 isn’t the best number, but we’ve seen 317,000 jobs in the private sector. We’ve seen decent growth in the private sector. …Five million jobs in eight months.” are not bad.”
Walsh was asked why he thought such a huge gap existed between job openings and the number of people returning to work.
“One of the biggest reasons, and again no one has tested it or checked it, I think it’s work/life balance,” he said.
Asked what balance to keep for those who are not working, Walsh said it depends on the career.
“They’re looking at their careers, and they’re just saying, ‘We were in career first. I want to get out of this career. I want to move on,'” he said, “getting people back into the workforce.” Will happen.”