Biden vows to 'act fast' on US stimulus amid weak January hiring

Washington (AFP) – US President Joe Biden seized on feeble US employment data to argue the world’s largest economy needs his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, which cleared a key Senate hurdle without support from the Republican opposition. The closely-watched jobs data showed the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January but the economy added only 49,000 jobs, the Labor Department said Friday. The anemic report made plain the ongoing struggles as Americans cope with the largest Covid-19 outbreak in the world. “I believe the American people are looking right now to their governm…

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