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July jobs report shows improvement, but still not back to pre-pandemic normal

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By Jenny Goldsberry

The US jobs report came out Friday demonstrating a 943,000 increase in jobs and 5.4% in unemployment. While the data isn’t still back to pre-pandemic norms, jobs have steadily increased since January. The Dow Jones estimated fewer jobs and a higher unemployment rate.

First, of all non-farm jobs, the leisure and hospitality industry did best in July. It added 380,000 positions. As a result of COVID-19 restrictions ending, 253,000 of those came from bars and restaurants. The industry also did exceptionally well in May.

“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.

Back in May, President Biden responded to disappointing numbers. Then, Biden blamed the 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%. By the end of May, it was reported to be at 63%. Now, the vaccination rate has reached 70%.

“We’re now the first administration in history to add jobs every month of our first six months in office,” Biden tweeted Friday. It’s a talking point he’s said in previous months as well. However, the historic job losses leading up to his inauguration should also be taken into consideration.

Meanwhile, two years ago in July, the unemployment rate was 3.7%. Yet there were only 164,000 jobs created then. Just last year over the US saw 1.7 million new jobs in July. But 10.2% of Americans were unemployed.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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VIDEO: Thousands of packages looted as thieves rob L.A. bound trains

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The lawlessness of California continues to manifest itself in very visible ways. Videos are emerging on social media showing huge amounts of trash, and in particular, UPS boxes and amazon packages that were en route to residential addresses.

The trash is piling up jut next to the train tracks, where CBS Los Angeles reports train burglaries are on the rise. “There’s loot3ed packages as far as the eye can see. Amazon packages, @UPS boxes, unused Covid tests, fishing lures, epi pens. Cargo containers left busted open on trains” tweeted John Schreiber.

Schreiber added, “I’m told by law enforcement these @UPS bags are especially sought after by thieves opening cargo containers…they are often full of boxes with merchandise bound for residential addresses. More valuable than say, a cargo container full of low value bulky items like toilet paper.”

Schreiber’s multiple videos posted to Twitter show the absolute disgust resulting from the thievery. “As you can see, trains frequently slow or stop in this area as they get worked into the @UnionPacific Intermodal facility near Downtown LA. The thieves use this opportunity to break open containers and take what’s inside, I’d say every 4th or 5th rail car had opened containers.

In another tweet with more photos of damaged property, Schreiber writes, “missing a package? Shipment delayed? Maybe your package is among the thousands we found discarded among the tracks. This is but one area thieves have targeted trains. We were told this area was just cleaned up 30 days ago so what you see is all within the last month. @CBSLA.”

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