FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2020
One Country Statement on April Jobs Report
COVID-19 Decimates the Economy While Trump Fails to Lead
WASHINGTON, D.C. – One Country Project issued the following statement after the release of the April jobs report. It showed a sharp collapse of the labor market as unemployment grew to 14.7 percent due to a pandemic President Trump has done little to mitigate and even less to prepare for.
“Look, no one expected this report to be anything other than historically bad,” said One Country Project co-founder Heidi Heitkamp. “The economic damage being wrought by COVID-19 on American farmers and rural communities is not sustainable. With schools and restaurants closed, the demand for agricultural products has declined sharply. Some industries, like manufacturing, have seen job growth hit hard, losing over 1 million jobs this month alone, and many industries that Trump has neglected since he took office are being hit harder.
“Trump thinks we can rebound in the third quarter – he thinks he can just wave a magic wand, say the economy is reopened, and expect it to bounce back in perfect form. That is not going to happen. With unemployment at historical levels – 20.5 million people lost their jobs in April alone – the government needs a robust, whole-of-nation plan to repair our economy and heal our country. President Trump did not cause the pandemic, but he has done little to stop its spread, and even less to soften its economic blow.”
About One Country Project
The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website, OneCountryProject.org.