Florida Democratic Party Statement on May Jobs Report

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FLORIDA – Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo issued the following statement in response to today’s news that unemployment remains above 13%, meaning the United States is still in the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression. 

“The May jobs report illustrates what so many Floridians feel every day — millions of working families are still paying the price for Donald Trump’s inability to manage a crisis. I’m glad this report shows modest improvement, but our economy is still in a bleak state — 21 million Americans are unemployed and the rate of unemployment remains significantly higher in Black, Latino, and Asian communities. 

“This crisis didn’t have to be this bad,  but Trump was asleep at the wheel when he should have been listening to experts and preparing for the coronavirus. Though we’ve heard a lot of promises, he still has not planned for and executed the rigorous national testing strategy experts warn is at the heart of effectively reopening our economy. We need a president who can lead us out of this crisis swiftly and equitably, and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to elect Vice President Joe Biden in November.”

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Florida Democrats believe in effective and efficient government that prioritizes quality education, affordable health care, and an economy in which anyone who works hard can succeed.

Most importantly, we believe that we are stronger together. We believe the fundamental American promise — that you can go as far as your own hard work will take you — should shine brightest in Florida.

That is why we champion the middle class and cherish the principle that all Floridians should have the opportunity to work hard and succeed. That is why we will never stop fighting for better public schools, because education is the surest path to a better life for millions.

From standing for affordable health care and better schools to fighting for civil rights and access to the ballot box, Florida Democrats are leading every day to move our state forward.

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