One Country statement on May jobs report

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Permanent job losses increase as President Trump bunkers down

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One Country Project

One Country Project co-founder Heidi Heitkamp issued the following statement after the release of the May jobs report:

“I never thought I would see the day a United States president take a victory lap over unemployment numbers that showed permanent job losses increased by 295,000 in May to 2.3 million with real unemployment at 16.3 percent. These are horrible economic numbers, and tragic numbers for the almost 300,000 families that have lost a job in May.

“Yep, high fives at the White House and Wall Street because these numbers were ‘better than expected.’ Whose expectations? This is not a game for the millions of Americans whose lives have been unnecessarily turned upside down and now, instead of going to the grocery store, are going to the food pantry.

Even before the perfect storm of health and racial crises that the president has failed to manage, the economy wasn’t benefiting working and rural Americans. Today’s numbers show that we are now in the midst of a full-blown economic disaster. In the last three months, around 43 million Americans have lost their jobs. Rural industries, like agriculture, continue to see increases in unemployment year-over-year. Sectors that the president has promised to bring back to its former glory, like manufacturing, improved little. After experiencing 1.3 million lost jobs in April, the May report reflects a meager 225,000 gain for the manufacturing industry.

“Instead of bragging about his failures, the president must confront the real economic hurt facing our country, and hardworking Americans.”

Pictured: Line graph showing drop of May 2020 jobless rate to 13.3% from 14.7% in April. Monthly unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted.
Pictured: Line graph showing drop of May 2020 jobless rate to 13.3% from 14.7% in April. Monthly unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted.(Image: CNBC, Courtesy One Country Project)

About One Country Project

The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. 

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