FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2021
ATTN SEN. TOOMEY: 10 MILLION UNEMPLOYED IS NOT A SIGN OF A “ROARING” ECONOMY
Jobless Claims Have Been Higher Than Their Peak During the Great Recession for 46 Straight Weeks
Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate is Higher than the Nation’s; More than 1 Million Pennsylvanians Don’t Have Enough to Eat
By Opposing American Rescue Plan, Toomey Is Opposing Unemployment Benefits, Keeping Essential Workers On The Job, and Vaccination Efforts To Reopen The Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said that additional covid relief is unnecessary because the economy has come “roaring back” — a claim that ignores the deluge of recent evidence that the economy is stalling, and the outlook for workers and families is grim without additional relief and stimulus.
“The economy is not ‘roaring’ for the one million Pennsylvanians who are struggling to put food on the table while Sen. Toomey spends his energy trying to block the relief that could help them get back on their feet,” said Maddy McDaniel, spokesperson for Invest in America Action. “Every day that Sen. Toomey continues to obstruct the American Rescue Plan, he keeps money out of the pocket of unemployed Pennsylvanians, he threatens the livelihoods of essential workers, and he blocks crucial vaccination efforts that would reopen the economy.”
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Toomey’s statements came after a week of devastating news for an already-battered economy:
Nearly 800,000 people filed for unemployment in the last week of January, the 46th straight week where jobless claims eclipsed their peak during the Great Recession
The unemployment rate continues to be well above its pre-pandemic level, per January’s jobs report. The report was so concerning that Austan Gooslbee, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama, warned it could indicate “danger of a double-dip recession.” Read what other economists had to say about the jobs report here.
Without additional stimulus from Congress, the U.S. unemployment rate will not fall to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, according to the latest economic projections from the Congressional Budget Office. Read what economists had to say about these numbers here.
January’s modest jobs gains weren’t nearly enough to make a dent in the 10 million Americans who remain unemployed.
Some 400,000 small businesses remain shuttered; in December, almost half of minority-owned small businesses reported being unable to cover their rent in December.
Nearly 8 million people fell into poverty from June to November of 2020 as the poverty rate jumped 2.4 points — the largest jump since the government began counting 60 years ago.
All told, 2020 was the worst year for economic growth since World War II.
In Toomey’s home state of Pennsylvania, families struggle to stay housed and keep food on the table: