Days After ‘Recession’ Threshold Is Crossed, Biden Takes 500K Jobs Victory Round

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WASHINGTON — Still testing positive for COVID-19 and barely a week after statistics suggested the U.S. economy was in recession, President Joe Biden put on his trademark Ray-Ban sunglasses on Friday to stage a victory lap over a strong jobs report.

The Labor Department announced Friday that the economy had added 528,000 new jobs in July, a staggering number more than double what economists predicted. The figures for the previous months have also been slightly revised upwards.

Biden made no mention of that, but focused on the employment situation, which again included a large increase in manufacturing jobs.

“Today’s jobs report is part of a broader story,” Biden said. He then attributed the numbers to his economic policies. He also took the opportunity to sell the new congressional Democrats agreement to approve a scaled-down version of the expanded “Build Back Better” agenda he pushed throughout his campaign and in his first year and a half in office.

“This bill is a game-changer for working families in our economy,” he said.

Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21. However, with both initial vaccinations and two booster doses, his symptoms were mild, according to the White House. He was also prescribed the new antiviral Paxlovid and continued to work throughout the period.

After testing negative on July 26, Biden began testing positive again on Saturday, a common occurrence among those who have taken Paxlovid.

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