tv Inside Politics With John King CNN October 8, 2021 9:00am-10:00am PDT
hello and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thank you for sharing this busy day with us. a weak jobs report rattles the biden white house. only 194,000 jobs, the covid cloud smothering predictions of a hiring boom. plus, the democrats' policy divide gets personal. new cnn reporting details president biden's reaction in a private meeting to a suggestion that joe manchin and bernie sanders just get together just make a deal. that, the president joked, would be inviting homicide and donald trump and those loyal to him
defy the rule of law. some trump allies ignore the subpoenas and now the january 6th committee must decide how to respond. up first though, the new jobs report that makes clear, crystal clear, covid is still calling the shots. the economy added just 194,000 jobs last month. the peak of the delta covid surge proving more powerful than economic predicting a hiring boom. now you might cheer word that the unemployment rate fell to 4.8% but the reason is many americans headed to the sidelines, stopped looking for jobs because of the delta spike. delta is now receding, and there are signs the economy is revving more as we head into the fall but today's sluggish numbers do not help a president hoping to make a clear and convincing turn from a summer of struggle. we're waiting to hear from the president about his reaction to the jobs report. let's go live to the white house and kaitlan collins. the president will make the case be patient, but this jobs report is not helpful. >> reporter: no, it's not. it's also the second straight month in a row where the numbers have been far lower than what
economists had been predicting and certainly what the white house had been hoping for. now they are dealing with fewer than 200,000 jobs added to the u.s. economy in september. though i do think you'll hear the president say what you were just talking about there which is that is when the delta variant was still running rampant throughout the u.s. and officials -- health officials are now hoping that they have kind crossed over that or are at some kind of a turning point in the delta variant. that remains to be seen and meantime the white house will have to deal with the headache that comes with these numbers. i think one positive sign is the unemployment rate falling to 4.8% from 5.2% in august, but, john, that could also be a sign that some people are just leaving the labor force entirely because we still have 5 million fewer people on u.s. payrolls than were on the u.s. payrolls in february 2020, of course, before the pandemic really hit the u.s. 2.7 million people have opinion out of work, looking for work for six months or more. those are troubling numbers for any white house, of course, but it also comes as the white house
is dealing with concerns about inflation, oil and gas prices are the highest they have been since 2014 so putting it all together is really what is going to have to be a tough sell for the president when he does come out to remark on this jobs report and to talk about these numbers and talk about where he's hoping the u.s. is headed and hopefully in the white house's eyes faster rather than later. >> kaitlan collins kicking us off after the white house. we'll get back there when the president comes out momentarily. >> with me to share their insights is dana bash, paul cain, and mark zandi, chief economist at moody's analytics. we were talking when you came on the air. you're not so alarmed. if you're the president of the united states, jobs added this year, look month-to-month on this chart right there, september is the weakest month. politically the president had a tough summer. he needs that number to be higher. you look at this and you say, yes, covid is still sort of running are the economy, but you're not so alarmed, why? >> well, i am alarmed. delta did a lot of damage to the
economy. fingerprints are all over the report. like we saw lost jobs in the vehicle industry, why? because chip plants in malaysia had to shut down because everybody was sick and chips go into cars and manufacturers can't produde, can a. not because people don't want to buy cars, they do, but not enough cars to produce. leisure and hospitality a direct hit from delta, so if that's -- if the diagnosis is correct, and that's right, i think, it as the delta wave winds down and it appears to be winding doirngs think the economy will rev up, and we'll see more job creation going forward, but i have to admit when i clicked on bls this morning and i saw 1 the 4. going to be pretty hard to message. >> oh, let's put up on the screen. this is the president's approval rating. he did go more than go ugh. the support trying to negotiate with fellow democrats to get a big spending package. the president needs leverage. the right side of your screen, the green line is the drop into
the below 40% of the president's approval rating, the disapproval in red. dana bash, you can see where the lines cross. any president does not want that and that now, wow. >> it is, and if you add to the fact that people are feeling the pinch. it's not just the -- the unemployment numbers, the job numbers that we saw today. it's inflation. it's the fact that, you know, things are just very hard to buy from their grocery bills to gasoline, and add that all up together, it's the thing that any politician, any elected official, incumbent fears the most, that people are anxious, that people feel that things are not going the right way. it's classic wrong way, right way, wrong direction, right direction and that's exactly where this president doesn't want to be and for virginia you don't want -- it's not anywhere
where anybody wants to be if they are on the ballot. >> when presidents get credit when things are going well and get too much blame when things are going bad. one president in eight months cannot control a pandemic but at the white house they have to feel somewhat helpless about what can they do, and i assume the president's main message to democrat is why don't we pass something, why don't we get to the work. >> there's already a lot of frustration at the white house of how do you take a nuance of the economy and feed it to the voters? they are all going look at headlines. oh, crap, i don't know what to do, i have no money and can barely buy my groceries and at yahoo we're seeing numbers where he's bottoming it out after all of this. there's lots of helplessness because how do you take big meat and feed it to voters who are already so angry and so lost and try to wonder how the world is going to open again, and we're seeing that in the frustration with what's happening on the hill and i think what we're looking to hear from biden today is simplification and assurance
that he was make yesterday in chicago so my eyes will be on that. >> that people just want things to get better. >> right. >> and when you're president whether it's your fault, or not, you sometimes get the blame for it. the republicans for weeks said to the democrats we're not going to help you with the debt ceiling and the house pass the it last night and chuck schumer as he finished wanted to score a political point. >> leader mcconnell and republicans insisted they wanted a solution but said democrats must raise it alone by going through a drown out, convoluted and risky reconciliation process. that simply unacceptable to my caucus, and yesterday senate republicans finally realize that had their obstruction was not going to work. >> i'm sure you might have noticed at home the joe manchin
behind his leader there. walk us through this. from senator manchin's perspective the republicans came forward and gave us 11 votes and averted a crisis. just celebrate and be partisan tomorrow, not today. >> as mark can tell you. the debt ceiling is one of those things that you just do. you just fix it because if you blow it up, the whole economy gets rattled and you just do not want to touch that button. that moment was just not -- manchin wanted everybody to calm down, move on. we've got a couple bigger things in -- still got the trillion dollar infrastructure bill which would really be a nice gift at this time with sagging job numbers and a low approval rating. why not that? instead, schumer delivers a partisan speech that went over a
little bit poorly. republicans are great at claim outrage at something and in schumer could have taken a quick high road, moved on and then try to get to the bigger negotiation that lies ahead. >> it wasn't just republicans who heim hearing from. it was like democrats liking what was that. that was not appropriate and the head in the hands moment which i can see is in the move that launched a thousand memes. that was not just the debt ceiling about the frustration that he has and others in the caucus with how things are going with the agenda they are supposed to pass. >> can we have a five ninth time-out. congress did something good, something responsible. to that point, speaker pelosi's statement about the jobs report. the president is going say next
are getting better, things are getting better but democrats should pass that, is that too much or whatever are your thoughts? >> i'm all on board for that, paying for 1 been the 5 trillion over ten years, that lands the economic plane right on the tarmac completely down the road. a year from now all the support that the economy from the -- the economy is going to feel a little more soft. a little more ice if -- and in my slew it's a reasonable debate. the things we're walking about here, the infrastructure and the creasies risk manage non-leads
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is becoming as personal as it is about policy. manu raju reported details of a private meeting that president biden held with house progress i was and one suggested that maybe the president should look the two of them in a room and don't come out until you make a deal. president biden who knows both senators very well had a very colorful result. manu raju joins us with the details. what did the president say? >> reporter: he didn't think it would go lightly to put it lightly. he compared joe manchin and bernie sanders sitting down in a room together would be like homicide. that's according to multiple sources who were at that meeting. he also made a joke about having -- it would be like him getting into a boxing ring with ro chana himself. this underscores the reality here on capitol hill, that these two men who represent different wings of the democratic caucus are diametrically opposed on exactly how to move forward with the biden agenda.
joe manchin wants 1.5 trillion in economic spending package and bernie sanders has pushed for 3.5 trillion, but then all the details underneath it, the expansive social programs that bernie sanders is pushing and joe manchin wants to pull those back and, john, it sounds like they asked me to toss it back to you, john. >> just some technical difficulties with your audio there, but we get the gist of it. the president jokingly saying that would be like homicide to put the two senators in a room. you know both of these senators well. is it that bad? has it become that personal? >> it is. it's getting really personal in a way that is unusual for the senate. the senate likes to be the dignified place where the gentleman from west virginia talks about the gentleman from vermont, but in recent days, i mean, they have been going -- they have been having duelling press conferences. the other day manchin kind of tired of the roaming scrums of reporters around him summoned reporters outside his office in
the hart build, and he went on for 15 tore 20 minutes, mostly dismissing sanders' proposals, you know, on medicare expansion and stuff like that. well, then about 20 minutes later we got notice that bernie sanders would be up in the press gallery to respond specifically to joe manchin, and they are going back and forth. it's getting personal in ways that is unusual. >> let's listen to a piece of it. remember, if you follow senator sanders and his presidential campaign, he talks about being a revolutionary and this is a very different senator sanders. listen closely about why he thinks manchin is out of concern. >> my concern with mr. manchin is not so much what his views are. i disagree with him, but it is that it is wrong. it is really not playing fair that one or two people think that they should be able to stop what 48 members of the democratic caucus want, what the american people want, what the president of the united states wants. >> manu is back with us.
fixed the technical problem. sanders said i could listen things up, i want the medicare reform and single-payer health care, 50-50 senate, come my way, i won't do it. i'm part of a family, i have to compromise. come on, manchin. >> that's exactly the point he's been making publicly and privately and the question is can they get together? mean, they need every single member of the democratic caucus because one of them can scuttle this. this is what the real concern is among democrats because the belief is that if manchin and sanders can get on the same page, keithin sinema, too, on the manchin wing, that would be enough to satisfy house moderates taking their cues in large ways from joe manchin and senator sinema and the concern among democrats is why not get them together. have them sit down in the room, and as i was talking about the joe biden anecdote from earlier, he said having them sit down together would be like, quote, homicide. that is what he told house
progressives earlier, i'm also told in that same meeting, john, he expressed frustration with talking to manchin and talking to sinema, having these discussions directly with both of them, but he told the progressives they have not moved so facts and circumstances and he even suggested that sinema has not returned phone calls, some phone calls from the white house itself. so the -- the progressives like bernie sanders say joe manchin, tell us publicly what you want. give more details because he's criticizing his quote vague phraseology when joe manchin criticizes things like the entitlement society that he believes the new bill will push. john, not just the philosophical differences but so many details they need to sort out and the leadership wants it sorted out by the end of the month and hard to see that it can be done by that. >> dana, you've spent years up on capitol hill. number one, this is a leadership temp not for senator biden but president biden but if you went back to senator biden's days and
laid out the democratic spectrum he'd be closer to manchin and sinema on most issues than bernie sanders and yet on this issue he's working with bernie sanders and working very productively and even though in the campaign they were very far apart. >> the issue sheer everything that joe manchin is saying in terms of the numbers is true. everything that bernie sanders is saying in terms of the numbers is true. joe manchin didn't want anything, and he came up to 1.5 trillion. he thinks that's a pretty big step. berns was at $7 trillion to get everything he wanted, and he came way down to $3.5 trillion. he thinks that's a pretty good step. it's not wrong. what you said about president biden is the key. manu's great reporting about his joke about it being homicide getting them in the same room, notwithstanding, this is what he campaigned on. >> right. >> joe biden said i am the guy who can get things done and we're not talking about across the aisle here. we're talking about inside his party. why not. take a piece of paper, sit down
in the oval office with senator sanders and with senator manchin and get beyond the vagaries that manu is talking about and talk about what are the issues that you can live with, what are the issues that you can't live without and let's put it down, and the reason at this point the hard truth politically is that president biden would have full responsibility, and if he fails, that would be on him. the upside is if he wins and he's successful, that would be a huge success. >> well, they bought this two-month timeline with the debt ceiling deal so the time to do it is now. >> there has to be interest, too. bernie sanders said he would not sit down with sinema and manchin because this is not a movie or eric sorkin tv show. you said back in the senate days, biden would be -- would be closer to a moderate, but frankly his biggest ally on the hill right now is bernie sanders and these progressives. >> right. >> bernie sanders is fight on behalf of the white house. that's where they are aligned. i didn't even think that i would say that in this entire
presidential cycle but it's important to realize it's not the progressives, it's biden and the white house doing the manchin thing in hand saying can we do your job or we're going to lose. >> the president needs to get things done because there's an election in virginia. a lot of ground. senator sanders here and senator manchin there and space between them. up next for us, the january 6th committee demanded evidence from the stop the steal real and it must respond to defiance from close donald trump allies.
just forgot the rule of law party, defy the law and defy the rules is the mantra of trump republicans. a trump lawyer urged four close allies of the former president to ignore subpoenas from the january 6th committee requesting documents and to claim privilege to avoid testifying or at least answering some questions. stands with trump is how a source steve bannon's response and contempt of congress is now on the table. a panel is back with us. joining us is now carrie cordero. the former president according to "the washington post" and from a letter from the trump lawyer to these four says you can claim immunity. you can claim privilege. does any such immunity and privilege exist for former trump administration officials for
steve bannon's case, he was long gone from the white house? >> no. it's made up as it pertains to the former president's ability to assert that privilege or these individuals' ability to assert that privilege. executive privilege belongs to the president, and right now that president is joe biden, and so if a president wanted to assert executive authority to preserve the ability of future presidents to be able to communicate freely with their advisers, it would be the current president who gets to assert that. >> the current president, so these are the four trump allies who had the subpoenas. we know mr. meddo and mr. bannon have respond. we don't know the details of cash patel and dan schavino. these are new subpoenas issued for others of the stop the steal real. the january 6th committee wants to know, a what, did the former president know and what was he doing in the days leading up to continued what did everyone know about and who was coming and did they know about threats of violence? senator durbin on the senate
source, not the house committee side, but supports the investigation says people, cooperate. >> i don't think mr. trump's aides are ever going to ask me for advice but i would suggest modestly follow the law instead of the ravings of this former president. he doesn't have the power to pardon you anymore and hopefully never will again and be careful. follow the law even if the president is begging you to stay away because of the evidence that you might present. >> we are -- you can talk about the drama of january 6th and the horror of january 6th and the you can talk about all the drama trump stirs up. but it's a pretty dangerous point when you can disagree with the committee if you want but we have rules. we have rules. the committee issued a subpoena. congress has the power to issue a subpoena. to just flip them the bird because trump told me to that's a dangerous place for society. >> it is, john, but we watched this over and over in the previous five years. the game plan is always to sort of delay, delay, delay, and if
they delay long enough, if they throw this into the courts and it goes from the district court to a circuit court to the full circuit court and this and that, but january 2023, house republicans could be in the majority and they will just dissolve the committee and the subpoenas are going to disappear. that's the long game play here by trump and his allies. >> and it comes at a week when we've seen in the senate report and in some cnn review of court documents more and more evidence of just how far trump went, how close trump came actually to getting the nine direct conversations with the justice department about find a way to ignore the election results. find a way, and yet -- and yet, listen to chuck grassley who is the ranking member of the judiciary committee, a man who has a distinct career of protecting whistle-blower and demanding transparency and chuck grassley says. >> the president rejected it. the president did the right thing. how does that create any sort of
problem? in fact, if he had made another decision you would have had a problem. >> it's a total bastardization of the facts. the reporting is that the president's attorney at the white house pat cipollone turned to him and said, sir, we'll all resign. there will be mass resignations. the president didn't say oh, okay, now i get it. i'm not going to do it. president stopped only because they convinced him of the cliff they were on. chuck grassley is going to an iowa and the republican governor will be at rally and the chairman of the republican party will be at rally and one of the republican congress members will be at that real. republicans are saying we are the party of trump which means we are the party of lying, trying to steal the election and telling congress go to hell. >> and "the des moines register" came out with a poll that has trump at 53% in iowa, and that's just generally speaking, never mind among republicans and chuck grassley, even though he's one of the oldest senators, wants to be senator again for another term. that is, let's just be clear, a large part of what that is all
about, why the chuck grassley that we have covered for years, decades, is not that guy, and it's because of the realities of the republican party and more broadly how it's -- it's the end of shame. there is no -- the law is to be followed because you're worried about repercussions, but it's also kind of the basic norms that -- that society follows. it's like when you get to a red light and no one is there, you still stop at the red light because it's what you're supposed to do. when you get a subpoena, you respond to the subpoena because that's what you're supposed to do. they don't care anymore because donald trump has shattered those norms not just as a dis-ripert but as somebody who has really -- the institutions have disintegrated far beyond just -- >> and they don't care anymore because so many people now live in their silo, right, and the so when the trump spokesman for the state of america said executive privilegy will defended, not on
behalf of president trump but also for the united states of america, strike up the band. it's horse manure as carrie just said, my term, that such a privilege exists and they talk to people in their silo and they cons them that trump is the truth-teller here, forgot it. >> yes. this is a clear rumplestiltskin and this is like trump "mad libs" and like dana was saying it's precedent shattering and the biden establishment is trying to re-establish this over time which is why executive privilege is so tricky, and things switch, no executive privilege, the rope can house senate is like we have questions for you. that's why testimony from mark meadows because someone like ron klain will have to come and
provide secret information. they want to do the right thing and be the d.c. guys and don't want to put their fate into the hands of republicans who are not playing with any facts in reality. >> what happens if you have defiance of congress and congress wants to turn that into contempt of congress, one of the strategies here is run out clock, right. the american people will lose focus and the committee will give up after time if you need court hearing after court hearing. what's the process and how clean and clear is it? >> it's not very clean and clear. first of all, it's up to the committee to decide how hard they are going to play on this and whether they are really going to go after the enforcement of these so they can make criminal referrals to the justice department for contempt. if there's one of these individuals or more who is actually evading service of them, there even could be a referral for obstructs, but, you know, these individuals, on one hand, dana, you're absolutely right, it has to do with the fact that this is a lawful process. this is a legitimate congressional investigation, an independent branch of government that's serving a subpoena and they should comply with it, but they also don't comply at their
own personal peril. this potentially, if congress makes criminal referrals, then these individuals are potentially subject to prosecution by the justice department. >> it's fascinating legally and policeically, but legally to see what the committee does and what follows out from there. appreciate you come in. up next, the covid numbers are finally improving, but there are some regional red flags, including a brand new cnn analysis of lagging vaccination rates among adolescents. i've always focused on my career. but when we found out our son had autism, his future became my focus.
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the covid trend lines are in a word better. let's take a look. some of them are getting almost encouraging. if you look here had a month ago, 150,000 new covid infections a day. yesterday below 100,000 for the first time in two monies, 99.8 right there, down 33.5% from one month ago, that the rate of new covid infections. when cases come down, hospitalizations come down, down 32.5% from one month ago. the lowest hospitalization rates since early august. you can see a month ago 102,000 americans hospitalized and yesterday shy of 69,000 americans, and it lags a couple weeks behind but deaths now finally coming down as well. it is still horrific. yesterday more than 1,600 americans dying of the coronavirus but two weeks ago it was above 2,000. it's down 17.5% from two weeks ago so the trend lines are better. let's get an assessment. with us to share the expertise and insights is dr. rainy
associate dean of medicine at brown university. dr. sanjay gupta our chief medical correspondent last night diagnosed it this way. >> thinking about the country as my own parish, i think that's how i think about things. if i was talking to the family of a patient i would say the patient is still in the intensive care unit, but we are getting ready to maybe move the patient out of icu on to the general care floor. >> that right, do you agree with that? >> yi do agree with the additional point that we're almost ready to most patient out of icu, but with a caution they might have to come back, right? we're heading into colder months. so much of our country is still not vaccinated, and there may be other var yabts on iants on the across the globe. this is good news. what goes up must come down, seeing the slow of yet another surge but doesn't mean we're in for more trouble in some states and as the season gets colder. >> the some states part is
critical. we watched this during the summer. surge was more in southern states, states with lower vaccination rates. this is a cnn analysis. in nine states, nine states, less than one-third of eligible adolescents are fully vaccinated. you can see the nine states on the screen here. we are, we hope, weeks away from younger children ages 5 to 11 being eligible tore vaccines but when you see some states lagging this, in the subset of adolescents, dr. peter hotez says yes, things are getting better but even as younger children are advantages eligible to be vaccinated many parents will say no. >> only 33% of the 12 to 17-year-olds were given the covid-19 vaccine here in the south. most of the southern states compared to 80% in the northeast, so once again you have this geographic divide where parents are holding back on vaccinating their adolescents and given all the defiance in the south and mountain west that
will cause further problems. >> how are we ever going to get to a better place? >> as we've seen this summer, kids can and do get sick. they are less likely to get sick from covid than older folks, but it's not an impossible scenarios and we've seen our pediatric hospitals filled with children adolescents who have been really ill with covid. these vaccines prevent that. the kids and the teens also serve as vecters of this disease. you know, we've seen many of these surges pre-staged by bumps in the number of infections in these young adults and teenagers. it will help protect all of of us, not just kid. and the differences dr. hote zoo was talking about in one state versus another, we see it in rhode island. 90% of the teens are vaccinated
and others where the percent is lower, closer to around 40%, and we're watching differences in spreading covid within schools, even within a single state as a result, so we've got to get parents comfortable with with this vaccine, understand that it's safe and understand how important it is not just for the kid but also for their family and the larger community. >> doctor, as always, grateful for your time and your important insights. just ahead, we're waiting for the president of the united states to speak momentarily on a jobs report that was actually quite disappointing. the president's take, just moments away.
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♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ again, a reminder, we're awaiting for the president's comments on the disappointing jobs report. we'll take you live when that happens. the california recall campaign is behind us and governor gavin newsom's huge win is being studied for other lessons and the results mean schwarzenegger keeps the unique place as the first governor ever elected in a recall election and this career he disagreed with the leading republican policy. in the latest episode of her podcast "total recall," california's political circus, schwarzenegger tells cnn's dana bash that the light on detail strategy was borne of the advice of the liberal lion from the
most famous political family senator edward kennedy. let's listen to that. you're going a conversation with the governator at the time married to maria supplier and he said i'm running for office. let's get some advice. >> first of all, teddy kennedy, what a jewel. eunice said to me, my mother-in-law eunice, she said to me, you should talk to teddy. i know you just announced, but you should really include teddy in this whole thing and you should talk to him. i totally agree. he's very experienced and teddy kennedy said don't get in the details, arnold, and i listened to him very carefully and that's exactly what we did and later on when i was in office we broke down the details. >> fascinating on the personal connection with the kennedys and also in the senate ted kennedy was mr. details but don't do it in a campaign. >> exactly. he said the more you give the
voters and media the more they will want and that kind of dovetailed into the kind of campaign that he ran and sitting down with him 18 years later and listening to the stories of what was really going on behind the scenes when he went from this huge action star to the governor of california during a recall, only the second successful recall in american history of a governor, was really, really fascinating. >> well, i think what ted kennedy was probably saying in a different storm that old line of you campaign in poetry and you govern in prose, you know. ted kennedy wouldn't get into a senate race with mitt romney and fight in the most weeds of weeds of weeds. instead it was about the values and, you know, kennedy lore and then when it came down to writing health care bill it's stacks of volumes of things to -- to go through and negotiate and haggle with. >> it is interesting, you know. gray davis was a prominent democrat at the time. teddy ken dishes liberal icon,
giving arnold schwarzenegger advice to stick to what arnold did most of the time clean house, clean house. don't get in the policy weeds. time to clean house in sacramento. gray davis probably doesn't appreciate that. >> no. another interesting he talks about, he and gray davis, they became very close. talk about the difference between then and now. they became very close almost immediately because gray davis when he made the concession call, let me know if i can help you. schwarzenegger took him up on that and they pretty pretty regularly so worked together professionically and politically and also became good friends personally which, again, i mean, imagine that today. >> another thing arnold talks about in that podcast is the frustration from people when he couldn't deliver. people were saying you were the action heros who promised us thing and we'll hear from a president who is starting to feel the frustration look at polling about the economy and other things. here's the president of the united states at the white house. >> today for the first time since march of 2020 the american
unemployment rate is below 5%. in just eight months since i became president in the midst of a great public health and economic crisis the unemployment rate is now down below 5% at 4.8%. let me just repeat that. today's report has the unemployment rate down to 4.8%, a significant improvement from when i took office and a sign that our recovery is moving forward, even in the face of a covid pandemic. that improvement was widespread. unemployment for hispanic workers was down and the unemployment rate for african-americans fell almost a full percent, and it's now below 8% for the first time in 17 months, a drop of 496,000 in long-term unemployment is the second largest single month drop since we started keeping records. the largest was in july, so in the past three months we've seen a drop of 1.3 million long-term
unploimd employed. that's the largest three-month fall in long-term unemployment since we started keeping records in 1948. more to do, but great progress. and working americans are seeing their paychecks go up as well. in september we saw one of the largest increases in average wages paid to workers -- of working americans on record. today's report comes one day after the labor department found in the third quarter of this year the number of layoffs and job reductions was the lowest in this country since 1997. overall the unemployment report shows almost 200,000 jobs were created last month. over 300,000 in the private sector and 26,000 in manufacturing offset by some seasonal adjustments in education hiring. the monthly totals bounce around but if you take a look at the trend it's solid. on average, 600,000 new jobs created every month since i took
office, and in three months before i got there that was one-tenth what was being created. it was 60,000 as opposed to 600,000. in total, the job creation in the first eight months of my administration is nearly 5 million jobs. jobs up, wages up, unemployment down. that's progress, and it's a tribute to the hard work and resilience of the american people who are battling through this pandemic. we're going to keep their buses afloat. remember, today's report is based on a survey that was taken during the week of september the 13th, not -- not today, september the 13th. when covid cases were averaging more than 150,000 per day. since then we've seen the daily cases fall by more than one-third, and they are continuing to trend down. we're continuing to make progress. right now things in washington, as you all know, are awfully
noisy. turn on the news and every conversation is a confrontation. every disagreement is a crisis. but when you take a step back and look at what's happening we're actually making real progress. maybe it doesn't seem fast new. i would like to see it faster and we're going to make it faster, but maybe it doesn't appear dramatic enough, but i, too, would like, to as i said move it faster. we're making consistent steady progress though and thanks to bipartisan agreements we're make progress on funding the government and raise the debt limit, so people continue to get their social security checks, the military continues to get paid and so much more. we're making real progress on covid-19 as well. more than 186 million americans are now fully vaccinated. more than 75% of el nibble americans have gotten at least one shot and covid cases are down 40% in the past month. hospitalizations are down over 25%. in july when i announced the
first vaccination requirement about 95 million eligible americans still had not been vaccinated. today we've reduced that from 95 million to 67 million eligible americans that haven't been vaccinated. that's still much too much. there's more work to do including getting more people vaccinated, but we continue to make progress, progress. and the american rescue plan which we passed shortly after i was elected, we made progress providing rent and mortgage relief to keep roofs over people's head and provided checks in pockets so families can put food on their table and hundreds of thousands of loans to help small businesses stay open and keep ploys on the job getting paid. today towns and cities and states that were at risk of losing hundred of thousands of jobs before because they didn't have the budget to pay, we helped make their payroll for them, so they could keep teachers, police officers,
firefighters, essential workers on the job, helping schools stay open with equipment and resources needing to keep students end kators safe, and we finally gave a tax break. i've been working thon for a long time, to families with children which as i speak is providing monthly checks for more families with 60 million children. $300 per month for every child under the age of 7, $2350 for every child under the age of 17. keeping the tax cut. it's a tax cut for these people and cutting child poverty nearly in half. over 40%. we're making progress protect our air and water as well and our natural lands, much more to do, and i'll have more to say about that later today. the jobs numbers also remind us that we have important work ahead of us and important investments we need to make. america is still the largest economy in the world. we still have the most productive workers and the most
innovative minds in the world, but we risk lose our edge as a nation if we don't move. our infrastructure used to be the best in the world. today according to the world economic forum the united states of america ranks 13th in the world, 13th on infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports, et cetera. we're among the first in the world to guarantee access to universal education back at the turn of the 20th century. now, the organization of economic cooperation and development, catch this, ranks america 35 out of 37 major economies when it comes to investing in early childhood education as a percent of gdp, 35 out of 37. on all these investments that fuel a strong economy we've taken -- we've taken our foot off the gas and the world has taken notice, including our adversaries, and now they are closing the gap. look, it's essential that we
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