Writer, Trump misrepresent unemployment figures

Editor, The News:

After reading Robert Pitzer’s letter of June 11, I need to set the record straight on his downplaying of President Trump’s unemployment rate.

During the first 11 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, 42 million people filed for unemployment — considering that there are only 161 million total jobs in America (do the math), that’s a jobless number of not 20, not 25, but 26 percent.

Yes, there were 2.5 million people recalled to work in the month of May, but there were also 1.5 million who were laid off. That’s a net gain of 1 million jobs, not 2.5 million.

Remember the last year of Barack Obama’s second term when the unemployment was around 4.5 percent. Donald Trump was calling Obama’s numbers “fake.”

If Donald wants us to believe the jobless rate is only 13 percent, he and his sidekick Larry Kudlow are “cookin’ the books.”

Robert Zbegan

Shenango Township

Trump being allowed to get away with hate speech

Editor, The News:

To the American people: your president is a very sick individual.

Please do something about him before he is responsible for more deaths.

If he was someone we saw on the corner spouting his hate, he’d have been put in the psych ward a long time ago. Wake up!

Jeff Maciejewski

New Castle

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