May 19, 2020 Press Releases

Millions Out Of Work, Economy In Free-Fall, Trump Says “Nobody Blames Me”

PHOENIX – Roughly 33,000 Arizonans applied for unemployment benefits last week and half a million Arizonans filed for unemployment in the last two months. The state paid more than half a billion dollars in jobless benefits last week as the Department of Economic Security caught up with a backlog of retroactive benefits. Nationwide, 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment. But on Fox Business last week, Trump passed the buck, saying, “nobody blames me” for these numbers. 

Trump’s failure to act early severely exacerbated this crisis and worsened its impact on the economy. All the jobs gained over the past decade after the Great Recession were wiped out in a matter of weeks and the jobless claims in Arizona compared to the past decade are staggering:

On this President’s watch, the national jobless rate has spiked to 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression and Arizona’s unemployment rate is likely soaring past 16%. 

“There is only one person who should be out of a job right now and that is President Trump,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “Arizonans do blame the President for his lack of leadership and his continued incompetence. They will remember this in November.”