There is “no question the delta variant is why the jobs report isn’t stronger,” Biden said Friday after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy only added 235,000 jobs in August.
- Biden blaming the delta variant exposes two weaknesses of his administration. The White House had been praised for its handling of the pandemic, but the president’s struggles to mitigate the consequences of the more contagious strain of the virus have put pressure on his approval ratings. At the same time, Biden has never polled well with voters when they have been asked whether they trusted him with the economy.
- Biden also referred to the stock market on Friday, taking a subtle dig at former President Donald Trump, who routinely cited stock gains as evidence of his economic management.
- Although the national unemployment rate fell to 5.2%, economists had projected 750,000 jobs would be added.