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DNC Chair Tom Perez blames Trump for record job losses, coronavirus deaths


Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Friday blamed President Trump for the horrific job losses in April when the unemployment rate skyrocketed to a Great Depression-level of 14.7%.

“The first thing you need to know about this jobs report is not just a number. It’s not a statistic. The first thing you need to know is that this was preventable,” Mr. Perez said in a statement.

He also blamed Mr. Trump and Republican leaders for the more than 75,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

“The United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population, but more than a quarter of its confirmed coronavirus deaths. This is not a coincidence,” he said. “This is the result of a historic failure of leadership on the part of Donald Trump and Republican leaders.”

The Labor Department jobs report Friday illuminated the depth of the economic crisis since state governments shuttered businesses and ordered people to stay at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the deadly respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.

The unemployment rate was at a five-decade low of 3.5% in February and ticked up to 4.4% in March before skyrocketing in April when 20.5 million

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