Friday, April 30, 2021
The chart above reflects the result of the CBS News / YouGov Poll -- done between April 21st and 24th of a national sample of 2,527 adults, with a 2.3 point margin of error.
The Labor Department released its weekly unemployment statistics on Thursday. It showed that 553,000 workers filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending on April 24th. This is less than in any week since early last year. But it is still far too many -- about twice as many that would file in a healthy economy.
Here is the official statement from the Labor Department:
In the week ending April 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 553,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 19,000 from 547,000 to 566,000. The 4-week moving average was 611,750, a decrease of 44,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since March 14, 2020 when it was 225,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 4,750 from 651,000 to 655,750.
That's what he did on Wednesday night. He communicated a sensitivity to the problems Americans are currently facing, and then went further by telling them how he would solve those problems. That made it a great speech in my opinion, and it was exactly the speech Americans needed to hear right now.
Here is the transcript of that speech:
May God protect our troops.