“The economy is suffering, inflation is spiking, and employers are struggling to fill open positions because of Biden’s anti-worker agenda,” said Heritage Action, the politically active arm of The Heritage Foundation, in a tweet. “Americans know the truth: Biden is Building Back Broke.”
Patrice Onwuka, director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), slammed the new jobs report.
“January 2022 feels like March 2020,” she said in a statement. “Last month’s job report does not capture the likely impacts of last-minute school closures rippling across the country that have sent parents scrambling to line up care for their homebound kids. Look for those disruptions to appear next month.”
The White House took a different approach after the jobs report was released.
“This is the kind of recovery I promised and hoped for for the American people,” President Joe Biden said in remarks Friday. “My focus is on keeping this recovery strong and durable, notwithstanding Republican obstructionism. Because, you know, I know that even as jobs and families’ incomes have recovered, families are still feeling the pinch of prices and costs.”
Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network (JCN) isn’t buying that excuse.
“President Biden claimed ‘the Biden economic plan is working’ and ‘this is the kind of recovery I promised,’” said Ortiz in a press release. “Tell that to the nearly four million Americans who had a job pre-COVID who don’t have one now, tell that to the small business owners who cannot find qualified workers to fill the near-record 11 million job openings, tell that to the families who are struggling to keep up with the worst inflation in three decades, with wholesale prices jumping 10%.”
Ortiz went so far as to call Biden “delusional.”
“It’s also worth noting Biden promised he would never require COVID vaccinations, and yet today, his administration is defending his illegal vaccine mandate before the Supreme Court,” said Ortiz.
JCN was among the first small business advocacy groups to sue the Biden administration over the vaccine mandate.
“We were the first to file a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Ortiz. “This is not the ‘kind of recovery’ Joe Biden promised, but it’s a predictable ‘recovery’ based on his disastrous policies.”
One area that’s lost a lot of jobs has been manufacturing. Employment in that sector alone is down 219,000 since February 2020. Manufacturing is viewed as a key employer and a main driver of the economy.