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paris would succumb to the nazis. it was unthinkable when it finally happened. because the city of lights was supposed to be this bastion of enlightenment and freethinking, and an open society. when the nazis got into poland, in warsaw, there were mass executions. it was terrible. they executed liberals, freethinkers and everybody was scared as they came towards paris. they thought it was going to happen in paris. >> the author of the book " making paris: germany's brutal occupation of paris and its liberation by american and french forces in august 1944," watch on q and day sunday night at 8 -- q and a at 8:00 sunday night. >> the bureau of labor statistics released the
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september jobs report. this past month, the u.s. added 190 4000 jobs, less than half of market estimates. today, president biden spoke about the latest jobs report. this is about 15 minutes. president biden: hello, folks. good afternoon, everyone. today, for the first time since march 2020, the american unemployment rate is below 5%. in just eight months since i became president in the midst of a grave public health and economic crisis, the unemployment rate is now below 5%, at 4.8%. let me just repeat that, today's
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report has the unemployment rate down to 4.8 percent, a significant improvement from when i took office and a sign our recovery is moving over to, even in the face of the covid pandemic. that improvement was widespread. unemployment for hispanic workers was down and the unemployment rate for african-americans fell almost a full percent and is now below 8% for the first time in 17 months. a drop of 496 thousand in long-term unemployment is the second-largest single month drop since we started keeping records. the largest was in july. so, in the past three months, we have seen a drop of 1.3 million long-term unemployed, the longest three-month fall in long-term unemployment since we started keeping records in 1948. more to do, but right progress. working americans are seeing their paychecks go up as well. in september, we saw one of the largest increase is in average wages paid to workers in america
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on record. today's report comes one day after the labor apartment found, in the third quarter of this year, the number of layoffs and job reduction was the lowest in this country since 1997. overall, get employment report shows almost 200,000 jobs were created last month. over 300,000 in the private sector, and 26,000 in manufacturing, offset by seasonal adjustments in education and hiring. the monthly totals bounce around, but if you look at the trend, it is solid. on average, 600,000 new jobs related every month since i took office, and in the three months before i got there, that was 1/10 of what was being created. it was 60,000 as opposed to 600,000 jobs a month. job creation in the first eight months of my administration is now at 5 million jobs.
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jobs, up, wages, up, unemployment, down. that is progress. it is attributed to the hard work and resilience of the american people, for battling through this pandemic. we are going to keep businesses afloat. remember, today's report is based on a survey taken during the week of september 13, not today, september 13, when covid cases were averaging more than 150,000 per day. since then, we have seen daily cases fall more than one third and they are continuing to trend down. we are continuing to make progress. right now, things in washington, as you know, are awfully noisy. turn on the news, and every conversation is a confrontation. every disagreement is a crisis. well, when you step back and look at what is happening, we are making real progress. maybe it doesn't seem asked enough, i would like to see it faster and we are going to make
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it faster, and maybe doesn't appear dramatic enough, but i would like to move it faster. we are making consistent, steady progress though. and thanks to bipartisan agreements, we are making progress on funding the government and raising the debt limit so people can continue to get social security checks, the military can get paid, and so much more. we are making real progress on covid-19 as well. more than 186 and million americans -- 180 6 million americans are fully vaccinated. more than 76% of eligible americans have gotten at least one shot and covid cases are down 40% in the past month. hospitalizations are down over 25%. in july, when i announced the first vaccination requirements, about 95 million eligible americans still had not been vaccinated. today, we have reduced that from 95 million to 67 million eligible americans who have not been vaccinated. that is still too much. there is more work to do,
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including getting more people vaccinated. but we continue to make progress , progress, and the american rescue plan passed shortly after i was elected, we may progress testing rent relief and mortgage relief to keep ruth's overheads and checks so families could put food on the table. hundreds of thousands of loans to help small businesses stay open and keep employees on the job, getting paid. today, towns and cities and states that were at risk of losing hundreds of thousands of jobs before, because they didn't have the budget to pay, we helped make payroll for them so they could keep teachers, police officers, firefighters and essential workers on the job, alpine schools stay open with the equipment and resources needed to keep students and educators safe. and we finally gave a tax break to families with children, which as i speak is providing monthly
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checks for families with 60 million children. $300 per month for every child under age seven. two had $50 per month for every child under age 17. keeping the tax cut. it is a tax cut for these people, and cutting child poverty nearly in half. we are at 40%. we are making progress protecting air and water as well, and our land. there is more to do and i will have more to say about that later. jobs numbers also remind us we have important work ahead of us and important investments we need to make. america is still the largest economy in the world. we have the most productive workers and most innovative minds in the world. but we risk losing our edge as a nation if we don't move. our infrastructure used to be the best in the world. today, according to the world economic forum, the usa ranks 13th in the world. 13th on infrastructure -- roads,
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bridges, ports, etc. we were among first and the world to guarantee access to universal education at the turn of the 20th century. now, the organization of economic cooperation and development ranks america 35 out of 37 major economies when it comes to investing in early childhood education as a percent of gdp. 35 out of 37. all these investments to fuel a strong economy, we have taken our foot off the gas and the world has taken notice, including our adversaries. and now, they are closing the gap. it is essential that we have to regain momentum we lost. as my wife says all the time, any country that out-educates us is going to out-compete us. the work of our time is to prepare ourselves to be competitive to win in a fast-changing 21st century
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global economy. that is why proposed two critical pieces of legislation being debated right now. one, focused on investments we need to make in the physical infrastructure in america -- roads, bridges, ports, etc. the second focus, on investments we need to make in the american people to make us more competitive. this is my legislation and i feel strongly about it, but people who have the most at stake are the american people. we need to stay focused on what these bills will mean the people who are just looking for a little breathing room, a fair chance to build a decent middle-class life, to succeed and thrive instead of hanging on by their fingernails. we need to keep an eye on what is fundamentally at stake for our country, the ability to compete and win the race of the 21st century, as we did the 20th century, a race other countries are doing everything they can to win. in recent years, china has spent
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three times as much on infrastructure, three times as much as a share of its economy than the united states has. our infrastructure bill makes investments we need to rebuild the arteries of our economy, roads, highways, bridges, ports, airports, the rail. it will allow us to replace lead water pipes which are posing our children and families. it is ridiculous. build a modern energy grid that can withstand storms and carry renewable energy across america. make high-speed internet affordable and available to everyone in america. and create good union jobs in the process of putting that together. we are going to make the largest investment in public transit in american history and make the most important investments in our rail since creation of an pack -- creation of amtrak 50 years ago. but it isn't enough just to invest in our physical infrastructure. we are going to lead the world
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like we used to. if we are wont to do that, we have to invest in our people. that is what my second bill dies, the build back better plan. today, only half of the three and four-year-olds in america are enrolled in early childhood education. in germany, france, u.k., latvia, the numbers more than 90%. we are falling behind. it is not just early education. according to one study, america ranks -- catch this -- 33rd out of the 44 advanced economies when it comes to the percentage of our young people who have attained a post high school degree. in the united states, 33rd out of 44? my build back better plant gets us back on track to making four additional years of public education available for every person in america -- two years of high-quality preschool on the
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front end, which indicates 56% of children would be able to go through all 12 years and beyond without interruption, and investments in community college soever student -- college so our students can get the educations they need and carve out a place for themselves in a 21st-century economy. we are going to help families care for a new baby, child, elderly relative. it is going to extend the tax credit for families with children. his want to help us meet the moment on climate change and become a global leader in the fast-growing clean energy industries like solar and wind power. the whole world knows the future of the auto industry is electric, electric, and battery technology. we need to make sure america builds that future instead of falling height. we should build those vehicles and the batteries that go into them, and the charging stations they are going to need, the
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500,000 we are going to build across america. here in the united states, we should be doing this. to get this done, we are going to breathe new life into our economy and workforce and we are going to brief cleaner air at the same time -- going to breathe cleaner air at the same time. these are investments that will get america back in the game and give our workers a fighting chance. earlier this year, moody's on wall street projected investments in these bills will bring us a higher gdp and an additional 2 million jobs per year, and lower unemployment. these bills are not about left versus right or moderate versus progressive or anything else that pits americans against one another. these bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. competitiveness versus complacency, opportunity versus decay, they are about leading the world or whether we are but
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to let the world pass us by. the american people understand what is at stake. they understand that when workers and families have a better shot, america has a better shot. give half a chance to the american people, who have never ever let their country down. today, we see more evidence of the progress we are making and i know we can make a lot more in the days ahead. i want to thank you. god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you, very much. [reporters shouting questions] ♪ >> c-span is your unfiltered
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it was terrible. they executed liberals, executed freethinkers, and everybody was scared as they came towards paris that that was going to happen in paris as well. >> the author of the book "taking paris: germany's brutal four-year occupation of paris and its liberation" in august 1944. watch sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. you can listen to all our podcasts on our new c-span now app. >> watch book tv coverage of the 21st annual national oak festival on sunday. the virtual event hosted by the library of congress features online author discussions plus life segments. at 10:00 p.m. eastern, joseph alice talks about his book "the cause: the american revolution and its discontents" and he will
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join us live to take your calls and tweets. at 3:00 p.m., a discussion of the opioid pandemic with two authors. atherton i -- after the discussion at 3:30, they will join us live. catherine helton with her book and the author of "between two fires."at 4:30, the author of the history history of women in medicine. at 5:00 p.m., a kansas, craddick representative, charisse david, talks about her book -- a kansas democratic representative, charisse david talks about her book, on c-span2. >> saturday night, former
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president donald trump speaks at a rally held at the iowa state fairgrounds in des moines. he won the state evaluate 2020 and is considered a top contender for the 2024 gop presidential nomination. live coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, online at, also, watch full coverage on our new video app, c-span now. >> the u.s. supreme court heard oral arguments in the united states versus zubaydah, a case on state secrets and detention and torture at various black sites, and a man accused of being an al qaeda operative. the government can restrict actions to legal proceedings if exposure is believed to be a threat to national security. >>


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