PHILADELPHIA – Simply earlier than his deliberate go to to the Metropolis of Brotherly Love, President Biden mentioned wages had been at their highest for the reason that onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, however blue-collar employees there really feel their earnings hasn’t improved a lot.
“We’re nonetheless struggling. We could possibly be higher,” Donny instructed Fox Information. “Wages could possibly be higher.”
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Joe, who works in a butcher store, mentioned inflation was so dangerous it didn’t matter if wages elevated barely.
“All the things’s so excessive,” he mentioned. “Meals is so costly proper now it is not even humorous.”
Biden tweeted Sunday that “actual wages for the common American employee,” had been larger than earlier than the pandemic.
Twitter had marked the president’s declare as containing a “factual error” as a result of actual wages — adjusted for inflation — had been larger on March 15, 2020, when lockdowns started within the U.S., in accordance with Bureau of Labor Statistics information. However they had been larger on the finish of February, after the primary COVID-19 circumstances had been recognized.
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President Biden tweeted that actual wages had been larger on July 16 than they had been earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. The accuracy of that declare depends upon what’s thought of the beginning of the pandemic. (Twitter)
“I work as a lot as I can so this fashion I could make ends meet,” Joe instructed Fox Information.
“I am making somewhat extra money, however I am additionally paying extra for the whole lot,” he added. “So nothing’s actually modified.”
Chauncey didn’t see enchancment, both.
“I actually cannot inform the distinction, actually,” the trucker mentioned. “I simply get up day by day and simply do what I received to do. What else are you able to do?”
President Biden on Thursday is scheduled to talk in Philadelphia the place he’ll tout “Bidenomics.” (AP Photograph/Patrick Semansky)
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Biden is about to go to Philadelphia on Thursday as he continues touring the nation pushing “Bidenomics.” However a number of blue-collar employees criticized the president, arguing he hadn’t completed sufficient to assist enhance wages.
“He must get the hell out of workplace,” Dan, a bakery employee, instructed Fox Information. “I believe quickly as he will get out of workplace we’ll be in a lot better place.”
He mentioned the economic system is “completely worse” than earlier than Biden got here into workplace, although he acknowledged wages had gone up barely.
“That is solely as a result of the whole lot’s so excessive,” he mentioned. Wages should improve “if the whole lot on the earth is a lot larger.”
Dan, a bakery employee in Philadelphia, referred to as President Biden a “moron” and mentioned the county can be higher after he leaves workplace. (Megan Myers/Fox Information Digital)
However William, a Philadelphia native, thought blue-collar employees’ scenario had improved.
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“I am glad that Biden did take over as a result of there’s extra jobs alternative now,” he mentioned. “We was higher when he took over workplace.”
Valerie mentioned issues with the economic system predated Biden.
“I do not really feel just like the president earlier than him did something, and he isn’t doing something,” she instructed Fox Information. “I really feel like we’re nonetheless in the identical rut that we had been in. Like we have not transfer ahead. We’re nonetheless caught.”
Ethan Barton is a producer/reporter for Digital Originals. You may attain him at ethan[email protected] and comply with him on Twitter at @ethanrbarton.