May 8, 2020/Media, Press

NCDP Statement on Soaring Unemployment Figures

Raleigh – According to today’s unemployment report, the U.S. jobless rate skyrocketed from 4.4% to 14.7%, the highest level since the Great Depression. North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin issued the following statement in response to the devastating figures: 

“Today’s jobs report is a crushing reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken on workers in North Carolina and across the country. But it is also clear that this damage would not have been so devastating if our country had competent leadership in the White House. Instead of being proactive and protecting our workers in the early stages of this virus’s spread, President Trump ignored the coronavirus and downplayed the threat it posed. By the time his administration finally acted, they worked to protect corporations and big business instead of the American workforce. With more than 1.1 million unemployment claims in North Carolina, we’re now seeing the dramatic toll those decisions have taken on our state.”