Memo: December Jobs Report

January 7, 2022

The monthly employment data release for December shows that the U.S. economy added only 199,000 jobs, far fewer jobs than expected. Rakeen Mabud, chief economist and managing director of policy and research at Groundwork, says this jobs report – combined with record COVID cases – underscores the deep and urgent need for public investment:

“If there was ever a jobs report that called for large-scale, continued investment in the things people need to weather this period, this is it. We are not in a healthy labor market or recovery when the white unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent while the Black unemployment rate is more than double that at 7.1 percent.”

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