By Brandon Moseley
The U.S. Department of Labor released the November jobs report Friday and while the economy grew jobs, it failed to meet expectations. Congressmen Barry Moore (R-AL02), Mo Brooks (R-AL05), and Gary Palmer (R-AL06) all released comments critical of the Biden Administration in response to the lackluster report.
"Yet another miserable jobs report under this administration," Moore said. "The November jobs report missed the mark - reporting just 210,000 jobs created. That is less than half of the jobs projected. Despite President Biden's promise for more jobs, his mishandling of the economy continues to fail American workers and families."
"Another horrible jobs report," said Brooks. "Just another month in Joe Biden's America! American families are struggling, but Joe Biden insists on implementing socialist policies that kill jobs."
"The jobs report once again confirms that Biden economic policies are doing what's been clear from the beginning of this year: failing our economy and the American people," Palmer said.
According to the report, the U.S. economy added 210,00 jobs in November and the unemployment rate sank to 4.2%. Economists had predicted 545,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate of 4.5%.
The unemployment rate for adult men and adult women was down to 4%. The White unemployment rate dropped to 3.7%. The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped to 5.2%, while the Black unemployment rate fell to 6.7%. Teenage unemployment is at 11.2%.
The labor force participation rate increased to 61.8% in November but is still 1.5 percentage points lower than pre-pandemic in February 2020.
Seasonally adjusted retail employment jobs declined even though this is the busiest time of year for retailers.
Average hourly earnings have increased by 4.8%, but less than the inflation rate; thus, most workers have less spending power than they did a year ago.
White House Spokeswoman Jen Psaki commented on the report, saying they see "good trends." She said the nation is "continuing to put people back to work, that we are continuing to see participation in the workforce, and that we are continuing to see the unemployment rate go down, but there's more to do to address core problems that have existed long before the pandemic."
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