U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 05, 2020 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla |
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 05, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Surprise U.S. job gains left the White House narrowing its goals for more coronavirus relief Friday, as Democrats insisted Congress needs to take sweeping steps to sustain the pandemic recovery.
A month after the economy shed more than 20 million jobs, it added 2.5 million in May, the Labor Department said Friday. The leisure and hospitality industries drove the better-than-expected report, as restaurants and bars rehired workers while states started to reopen their economies.
The data further complicate an already fraught debate in Washington over whether lawmakers need to pass another economic rescue package — and what it should include. While Republicans pointed to a handful of specific policy goals, Democrats again stressed the need for a broader approach to mitigate the ongoing health and economic crises.
Trump, while claiming the U.S. is “largely through” the pandemic that has killed more than 108,000 Americans, cast the jobs report as…