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Biden warns the economy is stalling after ‘dire’ jobs report, calls for ‘urgent action’ on Covid stimulus

President-elect Joe Biden said Friday’s underwhelming jobs report foreshadows a “dark winter” that demands “urgent action” from President Donald Trump and Congress, as Covid spreads out of control across the U.S. and Americans face benefit cuts if Congress does not pass stimulus legislation.

Biden, in a statement issued by his office, said the latest report on the U.S. labor market, which showed significantly slowing job growth amid the coronavirus pandemic, “confirms we remain in the midst of one of the worst economic and jobs crises in modern history.”

“This is a grim jobs report. It shows an economy that is stalling,” Biden said.

Jobs increased by 245,000 in November, well below the 440,000 expected by economists and a sharp drop from the 610,000 reported in October.

Biden’s statement noted that the “dire jobs report” offered only a snapshot of the situation in November, “before the surge in COVID cases and deaths in December as we head into a dark winter.”

The U.S. on Thursday reported the most new infections, hospitalizations and single-day deaths of the entire pandemic — 217,664 new cases, more than 100,667 patients in hospitals, and 2,879 fatalities. And the nation’s top public health officials are warning that the situation will get worse.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield warned Thursday that the next three months will be “the most difficult in the public health history” of the U.S., with Covid outbreaks hitting every corner of the nation and threatening to overwhelm the country’s health-care system.