The economy regained 916,000 jobs last month, the largest increase since August, pushing the unemployment rate down to 6.0 percent from 6.2 percent in February. But with the recovery widely expected to strengthen, many forecasters predict enough hiring in the coming months to recover almost all those lost jobs by year's end. According to Biden, revitalizing infrastructure will "grow the economy" by creating new jobs and making transportation more efficient, which will make America a better global competitor against countries such as China. "But my message to the American people is this, help is here".
Biden gave credit for the encouraging figures to his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the third major relief bill passed by Congress to help consumers and businesses after the Covid-19 crisis caused a massive economic downturn.
"While most of the Cabinet will have a role in helping shape and press the jobs plan, today I'm announcing that I'm asking five Cabinet members to take special responsibility to explain the plan to the American public", Biden announced during his first Cabinet meeting since being sworn in. "And that rewards work, not wealth". One of them pointed out that the Democrats have already suggested they would use the budget reconciliation mechanism, a way of forcefully ending the opposition party's filibuster, if they fail to get the support of GOP senators. Biden also said he wants to establish a 21% "global minimum tax" for American corporations, to "level the worldwide playing field" and generate another $1 trillion within the next 15 years. Areas like movie theaters and hotels still have a long way to go, as they continue to lag in recovery.
By April 7, over 130 million households will have gotten their United States dollars 1,400 per person rescue check.
"I think the Republicans" voters are going to have a lot to say about whether we get a lot of this done, ' he told reporters as he exited the room. "The progress we've worked so hard to achieve, can be reversed". The benefits and the impact the American Rescue Plan are temporary by design.
U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton, came out in support of Biden, calling for quick legislative action on the President's plan for job creation, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and growing incomes for families. "Not just the short term, but for good", he said.
Taiwan train crash: At least 34 killed, 72 injured
Many passengers were tourists or people traveling to see family ahead of a yearly religious holiday. A train partially derailed along Taiwan's east coast on Friday, with dozens of people feared dead.
Fully vaccinated can travel again, says new CDC guidance
Plus, almost all worldwide US air visitors still need to get a negative Covid-19 test before traveling to the United States. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine, the CDC said.
Four-week provincewide shutdown confirmed
Capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services , rites or ceremonies is limited to 15 per cent capacity per room indoors. Unifor called on all provinces to mandate paid time off to allow workers to get vaccinated when it is their turn to do so.