According to CNBC, nonfarm payrolls increased by 210,000 in November, which was well below Wall Street expectations of 573,000.
White House Press Secretary struggled on live TV to explain the dismal numbers.
Psaki was confronted with a disappointing jobs report during an MSNBC appearance.
Economists expected more than 550,000 new jobs in November, but only 210,000 were created.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski said, “210,000. So if we look at that breaking news right now, that’s a number that feels a little… what? A little off?”
“Well, I know this sounds a little archaic, but I can’t comment on them until 9:30, by rules, because I work at the White House,” Psaki said, clearly scrambling to find an explanation.
“What I will say is people can expect the president to continue to say, today, month to month, is that what we’re seeing are good trends, that we are continuing to put people back to work, that we are continuing to see participation in the workforce, that we are continuing to see the unemployment rate go down, but there’s more we need to do to address core problems that have existed long before the pandemic.”
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WATCH: On "Morning Joe," Jen Psaki claims she can't comment on the newly released, disastrous November jobs numbers, but then goes on to say "we're seeing good trends."
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