PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania has come roaring back following the historic economic hit brought on by the COVID crisis, thanks to the success of President Biden’s vaccination program.
After a bleak year of infection and death rate milestones, PA has hit a positive milestone: 70% of adults in the state have received their first dose of the vaccine, and more than 52% are fully vaccinated. Pennsylvania is the tenth state in the nation to reach President Biden’s goal of a 70% adult vaccination rate.
This time last year, COVID-19 cases were surging, businesses were struggling to keep their doors open, and the unemployment rate was at 13.3 percent. Once in office, President Biden immediately got to work to combat the coronavirus pandemic by correcting disparities in how PPP loans were allocated, rolling out a successful vaccination program, and signing into law the American Rescue Plan, which has now delivered relief to millions of working families and small businesses, no thanks to a single Republican.
President Biden’s successful response is unleashing a flood of consumer confidence: a recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. “The mood has changed. The economy has healed as a rising share of the U.S. population has been vaccinated,” said economist Mark Hamrick.
Nationally, new jobless claims have hit pandemic-era lows for the last five weeks, and more than two million jobs have been added during the first four months of the Biden Administration.
“Pennsylvania is coming back, and it’s thanks to President Biden and Democrats in Congress,” said Rosie Lapowsky, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Spokesperson. “While we still have work to do, we know President Biden’s economic plan is working. The pandemic is in retreat: nearly 300 million doses of vaccine have been administered and deaths have been reduced by more than 85%. Schools, businesses, and communities across the commonwealth are reopening and Pennsylvanians are getting back to work.”