By Duncan Smith
Democrats are truly diabolical people.
During Wednesday’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, the latter hit the Trump administration for the sustained high unemployment rate.
It’s President Trump’s fault, you see, that a) the COVID-19 pandemic hit; and b) that unemployment skyrocketed due to the shuttering of the economy.
In fact, neither of these things are Trump’s fault (and certainly not Pence’s fault, either).
And while Democrats aren’t responsible for the virus, either, we have more definitive evidence that they are certainly responsible for the sustained high unemployment rates because Democrat mayors and governors refuse to fully reopen their economies.
The number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits fell last week by 9,000 to 840,000.
Claims have come in between 800,000 and 900,000 for the six consecutive weeks, a sign that progress in the labor market has stalled somewhat amid closed schools, delayed reopenings, and the reimposition of restrictions in some parts of the economy. The latest figure shows that claims continue to be stuck at this high level. …
The decline in continuing claims may be a silver lining in the report. It indicates that those who have lost their jobs are finding new work. It's likely that the decline in the level of federal enhancement to unemployment benefits, from $600 per week to $300, has encouraged some workers to seek jobs.
The highest insured unemployment rates are in Hawaii, California, and Nevada.
Jobless claims are a proxy for layoffs and have been closely watched as a signal for how the pandemic is influencing the economy. Prior to the pandemic, weekly jobless claims had been running around 200,000.
During last night’s debate, Harris claimed that a Biden administration would ‘care more’ about American workers than the Trump/Pence administration.
Really? Then how come her party is continuing to exploit the coronavirus pandemic in a way that harms American workers and keeps them from earning a better living?
Again, Democrats are responsible for these lingering shutdowns, not Mike Pence and certainly not Donald Trump, the latter of whom wanted to reopen the country by Easter.
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