New jobs report shows America's hiring numbers falling way below expectation

The disappointing jobs numbers show how far the country still has to go to recover from the losses from the pandemic.
1:55 | 05/08/21

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after a new jobs report showing America's hiring numbers are falling way below expectations. Critics are now asking, given these new numbers, was president Biden's nearly $2 trillion American rescue plan worth it? ABC white house correspondent Maryalice parks right there on the north lawn with much more on this story. Good morning to you, Maryalice. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. These disappointing job numbers really a sign of just how far the economy has to go to recover from the losses from this pandemic. Only about 266,000 jobs added in April. That is far less than half of the jobs added in March. The forecast like you said, just way off. Unemployment actually seems to have ticked up. There were jobs added in leisure and hospitality industries hit so hard this last year, but there were losses in temporary help services like careers and messengers, but the news definitely put the white house onthe defensive yesterday. President Biden and treasury secretary Janet Yellen both expected the road to recovery to be bumpy, but Republicans blasting the president. Some Republican governors and the chamber of commerce arguing specifically that the additional $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits, those benefits put in place by Democrats through September, they're arguing that those benefits are maybe keeping people from seeking work. So far Democrats are really balking at this idea though. They say there just isn't data to back it up, that there are still millions of Americans looking for work. They argue if anything, this demonstrates a need for their policy proposals, things like paid family leave and medical leave, funding for child care and senior care. They argue that millions of Americans, especially women, had to leave the work force this last year just overburdened with caregiving responsibilities, Eva. Maryalice for us there at the

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