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Biden responds to disappointing May jobs report, gaffes instead

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Despite the most recent jobs report disappointing the predictions of economists, President Biden responded optimistically Friday. Instead, he said the “jobs report shows historic progress.”

In his nine-minute speech, Biden reminded everyone that overall, jobs are on the rise. “We have created more than 2 million jobs in total since I took office,” he said. “More jobs than have been created in the first four months in any presidency in modern history.” Conveniently, he left out the historic job losses that happened leading up to his inauguration.

Biden also blamed a lower number on vaccination rates, since the data was collected during the first week in May. Back then, Biden said, the vaccination rate for adults was only 35%. Just Thursday is was reported to be at 63%.

Yet, Biden also patted himself on the back for the unemployment benefits under his administration. nearly 20,000 more childcare jobs. “A temporary boost in unemployment benefits that ended -that we enacted I should say-helped people who lost their jobs to no fault of their own.” But, the boost is set to end in 90 days.

“I’m extremely optimistic,” Biden ended his speech, “and I hope you are as well.”

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Chevron downsizes global San Fran headquarters, paying for employees to move to Texas office

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Oil giant Chevron made a huge announcement saying it will be closing its current global headquarters in San Ramon, California. Even more telling, its encouraging employees to move to Houston, Texas.

The San Francisco Gate reported “the oil company will cover relocation costs for those voluntarily leaving for the Texas office, which has been growing and employs nearly 6,000 people. Meanwhile, the San Ramon office buildings have experienced dwindling numbers in recent years.”

Although the company is not leaving the state completely, “company leadership has pushed for a permanent move to Texas in the past” adds SFGATE. Chevron, which has had “deep roots” in California going back to the late 1800s, will vacate its 100-acre campus in 2023.

The Wall Street Journal reports the business hopes to move into a smaller space in San Ramon, which will remain its headquarters. A company spokesperson told SFGATE “the current real estate market provides the opportunity to right-size our office space to meet the requirements of our headquarters-based employee population.”

“The move is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2023” they continued. “Chevron will remain headquartered in California, where the company has a 140-year history and operations and partnerships throughout the state.”

The SFGATE notes Chevron is one of “the East Bay’s legacy companies joining the trend” to move their headquarters out of the area in recent years. Tech companies such as startups like Coinbase to industry pioneers like Hewlett Packard and Oracle have all vacated, with Elon Musk having been “one particularly outspoken voice decrying California’s business conditions.”

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