Biden blames major jobs report miss on COVID as trucking pulls ahead

September 4, 2021

President Joe Biden today blamed a sharp slow down in hiring for August on COVID and unvaccinated Americans as trucking pulled away with positive job growth.

The Labor Department’s jobs report this morning showed that only 235,000 nonfarm new hires entered the workforce last month, a 60% drop from the monthly average of 586,000 job gains for the year and a nearly 68% off the 720,000 new hires forecast by global market analysts at Refintiv.

“There’s no question that the Delta variant is why today’s job report isn’t stronger,” Biden said this morning during a White House press conference. “I know people were looking, and I was too, for a higher number.”