Press ReleaseJune 25, 2020

Job Creators Network Reacts to Weekly Unemployment Claims Report

Washington, DC – (June 25, 2020) — New data released by the Department of Labor reveals the number of first-time unemployment claims was 1.48 million last week.

Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network (JCN)released the following statement:

“With another 1.48 million Americans filing first-time jobless claims last week, now is the worst possible time for the media to be scaring people about a so-called ‘second wave.’ Yes, the number of cases is going up – but that’s mostly because of more testing – as Doctors Tom Price, C.L. Gray and others have pointed out. Those serving on the frontlines – doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals – have made it clear: We need to start going out and safely reengaging with society. The JCN Foundation’s ‘Flatten the Fear’ campaign puts a microphone in front of health experts who are warning of the negative effects of the lockdown and the importance of reopening and reengaging. Congress has a role to play, as well. We need a temporary, targeted payroll tax cut for businesses with less than 100 employees and ‘employment assurance’ benefits to incentive employees to get back to work and off unemployment. Small businesses are primed to lead America’s recovery but we need the media and Congress to work with us, not against us. The sooner we can get back to normal, the sooner we can benefit from President Trump’s pro-growth policies and get back to the prosperity we enjoyed just four months ago.”

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On June 19, RealClearPolitics published an op-ed by Doctors Tom Price and C.L. Gray, Media Begging for a ‘Second Wave.’ Dr. Price is a former Secretary of Health and Human Services and a senior healthcare fellow at the Job Creators Network. Dr. Gray is the president and founder of Physicians for Reform and a partner of the Job Creators Network. To read their op-ed, click here.

On June 19, Dr. Kristin Held’s op-ed, A Doctor’s Perspective on Balancing Health and Livelihoods, was published by CNS News. Dr. Savage is a partner of the Job Creators Network Foundation. To read her op-ed, click here.