Press ReleaseFebruary 18, 2021

First-Time Jobless Claims Hit 861,000 Job Creators Network Reacts

The Department of Labor revealed the number of first-time unemployment claims was 861,000 last week.

“We’re in a critical phase of America’s economic recovery,” said Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network (JCN).  “Our small business community is hopeful the worst is over, as Covid cases plummet and the pace of vaccinations accelerates.  However, President Biden continues to be missing in action when it comes to reopening society and especially reopening schools.  Success for the Biden administration in terms of school openings is 51 percent of the schools open for one day per week of learning. That’s a disaster. It is just ridiculous and shows no leadership. What Biden has done is just basically change basements from his house to the White House, and it’s hurting millions of kids and their parents. That’s why JCN launched — a webpage that highlights President Biden’s failure to reopen schools. We also erected a billboard in the heart of Times Square to raise awareness about Biden’s dereliction of leadership. What Biden is doing is clear here: it’s not about kids first- which it should be- it’s about putting unions first and kids last.

“JCN is also fighting against the $15 minimum wage, which will be included in the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill the House will vote on next week. While Amazon, Walmart and other big businesses support raising the minimum wage because they can absorb the costs and it will eliminate their small business competitors, small businesses employees will be the biggest victims.  Up to 2.7 million people could lose their jobs, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. While other business advocacy groups are cozying up to the Biden administration, JCN will always stand up for our members. Period.”

On Tuesday, JCN launched To learn more, click here.

Last week, the JCN Foundation launched a multi-faceted campaign to unmask Amazon’s thinly veiled attempt to kill its small business competitors. The campaign is housed on and includes a full-page advertisement in The Wall Street Journal. To learn more, click here.