WEB EXTRA: Biden Calls Job Report "Good News"

President Biden called the latest job report “good news." Friday (4/2), the Labor Department said employers added 916,000 jobs in March, the biggest gain since last summer. The president said, "We still have a long way to go, but I know that we're going to get there."

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JOE BIDEN: Well, the earliest signs from this job report announcing today are promising, and the American Rescue Plan is starting to make a real difference. Today's report also reminds us how deep a hole we started in. After a year of devastation, there are still 8.4 million fewer jobs today than there were last March, 8.4 million. We created 900,000 again, but 8.4 million jobs fewer today than last March.

So too many Americans have been unemployed for longer than six months. Too many women have been forced out of the workforce. Unemployment among people of color remains far too high. Yes, we've made progress by starting to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out. And yes, the American Rescue Plan is laying the foundation for that economy. But we still need the American Jobs Plan to build on that foundation, to build this country back better.

So the bottom line is this. Today's report is good news. Today's report shows that the country can-- what it can do when we act together to fight a virus, to give working people the help they need. But we still have a long way to go. But I know that we're going to get there, and we're going to get there together.