President Joe Biden (Courtesy of NNPA)
**FILE** President Joe Biden (Courtesy of NNPA)

The latest government report shows widespread job gains across various industries, including health care, professional and technical services, and engineering.

The report issued Friday found that the market remains robust, even more so than what financial experts predicted.

More than 261,000 jobs were added by employers in October, while the unemployment rate came in at 3.7%.

Economists had predicted about 205,000 new jobs.

Leading the way, health care realized a gain of 53,000 new jobs, while professional and technical services added 43,000.

Additionally, manufacturing saw 32,000 new jobs, while the leisure and hospitality industry added 35,000.

“Today’s jobs report – adding 261,000 jobs with the unemployment rate still at a historically low 3.7% –shows that our jobs recovery remains strong,” President Joe Biden said. “With jobs now added every single month of my presidency, a record-setting 10 million job increase, a record 700,000 manufacturing jobs added which puts us at 137,000 more manufacturing jobs than we had before the pandemic, historically low Black and Hispanic unemployment rates, the gross domestic product increasing, and incomes on the way up, one thing is clear: While comments by Republican leadership sure seem to indicate they are rooting for a recession, the U.S. economy continues to grow and add jobs even as gas prices continue to come down.”

The president called inflation America’s top economic challenge.

“I know that American families are feeling squeezed,” Biden said. “The global inflation that is raging in other countries is hitting us as well.  

“I’ve got a plan to bring costs down, especially for health care, energy, and other everyday expenses,” he said. “And we’re already making progress — the cost of gas at the pump is down over $1.20 a gallon since this summer.”

The president said the plan Republicans have put forth “is very different.”

“They want to increase prescription drug costs, health insurance costs, and energy costs, while giving more tax breaks to big corporations and the very wealthy,” Biden said. “Here’s the deal: cutting corporate taxes and allowing Big Pharma to raise prices again is the Republican inflation plan and it’s a disaster.

“Let me be clear: We’re going to do what it takes to bring inflation down,” he said. “But as long as I’m president, I’m not going to accept an argument that the problem is that too many Americans are finding good jobs.  

“Or that too many working Americans finally have more dignity in the workplace,” Biden continued. “Or that our largest, most profitable corporations shouldn’t have to pay their fair share.  

“I will continue to work for an economy built from the bottom up and the middle out, not the top down as my Republican friends would have,” he said.

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Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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