Labor secretary admits ‘to work’ after latest job numbers

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

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh acknowledged in a news conference that the Biden administration "have work to do" After adding only 194,000 jobs in September of 2021.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh acknowledged in a press conference that the Biden administration has “work to do” after adding only 194,000 jobs in September 2021.
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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.

US President Joe Biden sheds light on terrifying numbers by focusing on how unemployment declined " A sign that we are moving on."
President Biden highlighted the terrifying numbers by focusing on how the drop in unemployment is “a sign that we are moving forward.”
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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.”

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