Nonfarm payrolls surged by 916 000 jobs last month, the biggest gain since last August.
Deaths are still rising in some states, and infections increasing, Biden warned. Several states, including Florida and Texas, have rolled back mask mandates and other coronavirus protections, even as health officials plead with Americans to be more careful.
“Don’t give back the progress we’ve all fought so hard to achieve,” Biden said. “We need to finish this job, we need every American to buckle down and keep their guard up in this home stretch,” he said.
New cases of COVID-19 in the United States rose 9% to more than 431 000 last week, the first time since January that cases have increased for two weeks in a row, according to a Reuters analysis.
“I think the Republican voters are going to have a lot to say about whether we get a lot of this done,” he said.
Reuters/Ipsos polling data released Friday shows the ideas in Biden’s plan are wildly popular with Americans, including raising corporate taxes to pay for it. But Republicans polled said they would not support an infrastructure plan “recently released by the Biden administration.”