The White House said Friday the newly released jobs report reveals “the long road ahead” in getting the U.S. back to a path of economic recovery.
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While the report showed that employers added 379,000 jobs, the most since October and far surpassing economists’ predictions, press secretary Jen Psaki said at this pace, it will take the nation “two years to get back to pre-pandemic employment levels.”
Psaki called the figures “unacceptable,” and used the numbers to push anew for President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, currently being debated in the Senate.
The press secretary also responded to a question about former President Donald Trump’s statement blaming the Biden administration for “the border nightmare that they have unleashed.”
Psaki responded curtly: “We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration, which was not only inhumane but ineffective.”
The White House was also asked about national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s statement that the administration is closely tracking Microsoft’s emergency patch for previously unknown vulnerabilities, after earlier this week, China-based government hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft’s email server software to target U.S. organizations.
Psaki called the situation “an active threat,” and said the White House is still working “to understand the scope” of that threat.
Microsoft released security upgrades to fix the previously unknown vulnerabilities to its Exchange Server software, which is used for work email and calendar services, mostly for larger organizations that have their own in-person email servers.
Psaki encouraged everyone running servers “to act now to patch them” as the government continues to investigate.