Labor Secretary Issues Statement on December Jobs Report

Recent increase to unemployment payments will supplement state benefits. 

On Friday, Eugene Scalia, the Secretary of Labor issued a statement Friday regarding the recently released jobs report from the Labor Department. According to the secretary, “[the] report shows that the economy generally continues to recover, but that employment in certain sectors and States remains challenged.”

He went on to state, “The 140,000 jobs lost in December were driven principally by the loss of 498,000 jobs in leisure and hospitality; … Fortunately, Congress finally enacted additional coronavirus relief at the end of December.” He continued that the recent federal increase in unemployment benefits along with already established state unemployment payments will maintain roughly 90% of all lost wages due to workers who were laid off or lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Lord to help the United States recover quickly from the pandemic.
  • For the Labor Department as they evaluate employment and provide guidance to employers. 
  • That God would provide for those who have lost jobs due to the pandemic. 

Sources: Department of Labor


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