Beating his chest, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the country’s economy added almost five million jobs in June.
Trump said at a news briefing that it was the largest monthly job gain in U.S. history, “shattering all market expectations”.
He took credit for the declining unemployment rate, which he attributed to his administration’s trade policy and economic stimulus package.
The president’s remarks came after the Bureau of Labour Statistics reported an 11.1 per cent decline in the country’s unemployment rate in June, down from 13.3 per cent in May.According to the president, the employment figure brings to 7.5 million the total number of jobs created by the U.S. since May.
“Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back, it’s coming back extremely strong,” he said.
Trump, however, stated that there were “some areas where we are putting out the flames”, referring to states experiencing a spike in new COVID-19 infections.
He said his administration was working closely with the governors of the affected states, and that the results would be visible shortly.“In June, we added 2.1 million leisure and hospitality jobs, 740,000 retail jobs, 568,000 education and healthcare jobs, 357,000 service jobs.