President Biden’s claims on the US economic system fact-checked

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris


By Jake Horton
BBC Reality Check

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President Joe Biden says the US economy has made historic progress since he came into office in January, despite lower-than-expected job figures in April.

We’ve looked at some of his claims and put the latest economic numbers into context.

Joe Biden: ‘We’ve created more than 1.5 million jobs… the most in the first 100 days of any president on record’

Since January, the US economy has added 1,572,000 jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And it’s true that this is the most jobs created in the first 100 days of any presidency since records began in 1939.

But this job growth comes from a low base point given that in April last year, unemployment hit its highest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s .

More than 22 million jobs were lost in the space of two months due to the impact of coronavirus.

But in contrast to Mr Trump’s first few months, President Biden has benefited from a sharp rebound in economic…