Biden says 'much more work to be done' on economy after surprising jobs report

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DOVER, Del. (Reuters) - Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden on Friday criticized Republican President Donald Trump for prematurely celebrating a better-than-expected jobs report, saying the battered U. S. economy still faces an arduous rebuilding.

Biden said the government’s surprising May report showing the addition of 2.5 million jobs in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic was just a first sign of recovery from a deep and broad recession.

“There is so much more work to be done. So many Americans are still hurting,” Biden, the former vice president, said at Delaware State University, a historically black university in Dover.

The remarks came after the Labor Department said the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3% from 14.7% in April, suggesting the economic downturn may have bottomed out. Nonfarm payrolls rose after a record plunge of slightly under 20.7 million in April.

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