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that's going to lurk behind him, for sure. >> that's extraordinary. that is certainly going to follow him. wow. matt, thank you so much. thank you for watching. that wraps up this hour. i am stephanie ruhle, live on this jobs day from carlstadt, new jersey. president biden set to speak about that jobs report in the next 15 minutes. we will be covering it right here all day, but jose diaz-balart picks up breaking news coverage right now. >> good morning, it's 10:00 a.m. eastern, 7:00 a.m. pacific. i'm jose diaz-balart and we begin in washington on this very busy friday morning. in just a couple of minutes, we'll hear from president biden on the latest jobs report, showing strong gains for the economy. and the house of representatives is expected to vote today on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and its version of the build back better bill that would dramatically expand the social safety net.
we'll talk to congressman joaquin castro about what we can expect. and breaking this morning, pfizer now says its data shows that its anti-viral covid pill is 89% effective at preventing hospitalizations and death. and remembering an american hero. this afternoon, a memorial service will be held for former secretary of state colin powell at the washington national cathedral. >> and we begin this hour with the state of the economy. the government says the employers added a better than expected 531,000 jobs in october. the unemployment rate fell to 4.6%. the black unemployment rate held steady at 7.9%, while the unemployment rate for latinos dropped by 0.4%. president biden will talk about the jobs report in just a couple of minutes.
we'll bring you that live when it begins. with me now to take a look at this, nbc news white house correspondent, monica alba, an msnbc anchor and nbc news senior correspondent and correspondent and the star of my life, stephanie ruhle, who is at a logistics warehouse -- >> you wish! >> -- in carlstadt, new jersey. monica, this has to be good news for president biden and democrats, especially after what they suffered last tuesday. >> absolutely, san jose. the white house is already celebrating this news, calling these numbers extremely encouraging, and arguing it's evidence that the president's plan to combat the virus and to try to get the economy on this road to recovery is working. so i think that's what you can expect the president to talk about a couple of minutes from now. he's going to say that for months, they seen these trends, that they feel like were pretty incrementally promising. that now are really showing what he's going to say is longer-term growth. and something that has president has said for a long time is that
this is a marathon and not a sprint. and that it would take time and that setbacks like the surge of the delta variant absolutely slowed down the growth of the economy and that that recovery was hurt by that, but the president is going to argue that things like vaccine mandates have worked so far. the fact that covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are down. the fact that kids can now get vaccinated between the ages of 5 to 11. all of those things, the president is going to insist have continued to help this economic recovery and will mean that things are going to get even better in the months to come. i think you can also expect him to talk about that lower unemployment rate. something that he's been saying for months. and the fact that there were revisions to the months of august and september, but overall, the president's polling remains at an all-time low for his young presidency, over some issues that do include the economy. so it will be notable to see whether those tick back up with these more encouraging numbers. and then, of course, the president, as he always does in these kind of remarks will take
the opportunity to continue to make a pitch for his economic agenda, with those votes that could happen today on capitol hill. i think you can expect him to say that now is the time, more than ever, the urgency is there, that the american people especially want to see things get done, given how voters reacted at the polls on tuesday and those disappointing results for democrats, jose. >> and stephanie, we were just hearing you in the last hour, breaking the news on these incredible economic numbers. what are the most important things that we should take away from this jobs report? >> jose, it is always great to be with you. it's not just good news for the white house, it's good news for america. for the american workers. we are seeing wages go up. that's a very being positive. for years, wages were lacking. we are now seeing that wage pressure improve and it's helping get workers paid more. it's good for american businesses who we've been hearing for months have been struggling to hire workers. over 500,000 new jobs created.
and this all ties to covid numbers. as covid numbers go down, people go back to work. kids went back to school. there were more child care options, so these are more signals that the economy is recovering. you know, we heard in the last two days that the fed is going to look to taper in the next few months. another sign that the economy is moving in the positive direction. things are very strong. it's a great number. >> and intensive, when we look at the numbers, the breakdown is very clear. these are better than expected numbers. and a lot of growth in the service industry. so what are the parts of our economy are the ones that are getting the most growth right now? >> well, absolutely, in service and hospitality in the last month, but i'm looking to the coming months. remember, this is november. we're expecting in retail, 5 to 650,000 jobs will be created in the next month as we go into the holidays as well as transportation jobs.
i'm talking u.p.s., fedex, the postal service. here i am at a trucking depot. so as we're going into the holidays, expecting huge retail sales, consumer demand is up. a lot more jobs are coming online. higher-paying jobs. >> there's still so many -- >> that's a good point. there are so many industries still that are saying that they have a hard time finding employees. is this something that could change? >> well, listen, they have had a hard time finding employees. that's still the case, but things are improving. you have to always remember, this is tied to covid. and as those covid numbers go down, more and more people are going back to work. we're seeing it in the numbers. yes, do we wish it was happening faster? surely. and you can say, what about the supply chain issues? remember as it relates to the supply chain, look in front of your front door this morning, jose. there's a good chance you may have a delivery from amazon or walmart. we now order so many products to our homes now that we live in a new sort of covid lifestyle,
there's huge demands because of ecommerce. all of these, though they're difficult for the moment, are positive signs. consumer demand is up, retail spending is up. people have saved their money and they're out there working and spending. that's a functioning economy. >> my two good friends, stephanie ruhle and monica alba, it's so nice to see you both this morning. now to capitol hill and what is shaping up to be a huge day for house democrats after months of wrangling, delays, and intraparty fighting, the house is set to vote on two key parts of the president's agenda. a $1.75 trillion bill aimed at reshaping the social safety net and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, approved by the senate nearly three months ago. president biden working the phones overnight to make sure all democrats are onboard. with me now is nbc news capitol hill correspondent, ligh ann caldwell. what can we expect to see as the day goes on? >> reporter: good morning, jose. what you can expect to see,
which is what we are seeing on the house floor right now, are attempts by republicans to delay this process. and so this process and these votes throughout the day could take quite a long time. republicans have the ability to&they want to slow this down. and that's what they're trying to do. but ultimately, speaker pelosi wants to hold two key vote today. one to pass this bipartisan infrastructure bill. the one that has already passed the senate months ago. if that passes and if that vote takes place today, it will go straight to the president for his signature. so that could be signed into law in the coming days. the other vote they want to hold is on their build back better agenda. this $1.75 trillion social safety net climate change plan that includes some immigration provisions. and they are hoping to pass that today, as well. there still seems to be some problems, though, with a couple of the moderates who want a better understanding of how this is actually paid for and if it's
actually paid for. what they call a congressional budget office score around here. but if they do hold this vote today and if it does pass, the journey's not over. it still has to go to the senate, where it has several problems, including opposition from senator joe manchin on some key provisions. so that bill could change and we are probably then, you know, democrats want to pass this agenda before thanksgiving, but that's a very aggressive task, because there's going to be a lot of wrangling over to the senate. but as far as today is concerned, speaker pelosi wants to get these bills out of the house and moved on. jose? >> thank you so much for joining us, leigh ann. joining us now, once the house votes on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, as leigh ann was telling us, it would go to the president's desk for his
signature. talk to us about how significant this would be. >> it would be incredible. it's building the infrastructure of transportation for united states. and jose, you're probably familiar with this annual report that the engineers put out over year about our crumbling roads and bridges and we see it in so many places throughout the country. so this would be a $1.2 trillion investment in infrastructure. and for growing states like mine, texas, that's a very big deal, because we have increasingly clogged highways, roads that need repair, so this will be very significant for the country. >> so that would be the one thing that could actually get some action on, as soon as maybe today or tomorrow, right? but let's talk about that reconciliation bill. if it's approved in the house, it goes to the senate. where it's no doubt going to face challenges and changes, right? a number of things democrats were really looking to do were either cut or watered down and
could be changed even further. and i want to talk about some of the issues, but is that enough for you? >> that's why it's taken a few months at least for a few of the senators, senator manchin, senator sinema, but also the different coalitions within the democratic caucus and if house to come to a pretty, you know, rough agreement about what should be in the bill, but i feel like we're in a very good place. i think when the bill gets to the senate, we've got to pass it through the house first, but when it gets to the senate, i don't believe that it should too much, because at this point, everybody kind of knows what the deal is, and we're moving forward together. >> that deal is that the parliamentarian can step in and say, no, this -- this can now be included in it and that would be kind of, at least on that side, a final decision. let's talk about immigration reform. i know there's talk about $100 billion in there.
some temporary work permits for some people that arrived here before 2011. how important is it for you that this be included? and is that enough? >> it's essential, for me, for the congressional hispanic caucus, and more importantly, for the many undocumented immigrants who have been part of this country for many years. some of them for 30, 40 years. but who have been productive folks in our nation and have been living their lives in limbo. and we have been pushing for a path to citizenship and it doesn't look like we're going to get there with this legislation, but it will provide work permits, it will provide protection from deportation, so that somebody doesn't have to worry every time they see a police officer driving behind them, fearing that they're going to be separated from their family in the united states and not be able to see their kids. and so, it's a significant piece of legislation, probably the most significant piece of
immigration legislation, assuming we can get it done, since the 1980s. >> but also, for example, the gang of eight, in 2013, there was such a broad, right, framework for immigration reform. this is much more targeted. but, so, we're talking about millions of people that could, maybe qualify, if they were here -- >> several million, yeah. >> but then there's a whole lot of of others that have been here since after 2011, who have equally as -- they're supporting this economy and have been part of this country for, you know, ten years. they would not be included in this? >> that's right. you know, the congressional hispanic caucus fought very hard to get as many of the immigration provisions that we possibly could, but at some point, it's true. you're running up against a political reality. we had zero republican help.
no republicans, as far as we can tell, are voting for this legislation. so you've got one party that doesn't want to be helpful at all. and then you've got 90-something percent of democrats who agree that we should help put these folks on a path to citizenship. but even then, you've got some disagreement in the remaining 3% or whatever it is, and because our numbers are so short, so tight in both the house and the senate, this was the maximum deal that we could get. >> congressman, i want to talk to you about nicaragua, which is holding an election on sunday with the world, that many are calling a sham. you told politico recently, it's basically become a dictatorship because of the jailing of political opposition and stomping out of any political other side. there has to be a strong message to the nicaraguan government that the u.s. and the region soundly reject that dictatorial situation. what kind of message should we be sending to the nicaraguan regime as they hold this sham elections on the seventh? >> well, i think the legislation
this week was a strong message. the act that had strong bipartisan support. and the government there has basically become a dictatorship. they've cracked down on freedom of the press. they've literally jailed political opponents. and the united states, i think, wherever they see something like that happen, we should be able to stand up and say that it's wrong and take action. and we should be able to do that whether that dictator or that leader of a country comes from the political right or the political left. at some point as a leader of a country, when you take certain actions like jailing your political opponents for no reason, then you've gone beyond the political spectrum. you're not left or right anymore. you're just a dictator and we've got to be able to stand up to those folks. >> wherever they are. congressman joaquin castro, thank you so much for being with me this morning. i appreciate your time. >> good to be with you. still ahead, opening arguments underway in the murder
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looking live at opening statements in the trial of the three white men accused of killing ahmaud arbery. there you see it. it's in brunswick, georgia. arbry, a 25-year-old black man was fatally shot while jogging through a south florida neighborhood last february. each of the defendants has pleaded not guilty. joining me now, nbc's ron allen, who is in brunswick for us, as well as msnbc legal analyst, maya wiley. thank you for being with me. ron, what are we hearing out of the opening arguments today? >> reporter: the prosecutor started off by telling the jury that this case is all about assumptions and what she called driveway decisions. and by assumptions, she meant people making the worst possible assumptions about things. and she meant the defendants making these terrible assumptions about ahmaud arbery. the assumptions is that he was driving through this case, they suspected him of being a criminal, a robber, pursued him, allegedly, and shot and killed
him. the defense maintains that this was them trying to make a citizen's arrest of a suspect. and that they acted in self-defense and that that's what caused his murder. the prosecutors, of course, tell a very different story about him being an innocent man who was out jogging less than two miles from his home and they made these terrible assumptions about him, that he was doing nothing wrong, and that's what resulted in his death. the prosecutors have gone through a very methodical process in the first hour of this, outlining what the nine counts the men face are. felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, and so on. and she's now focused on another part of the case. there's also a video, we know the video, the powerful video that shows the confrontation between the two defendants and arbery. there was also a video that showed that arbery had been in this neighborhood on a number of other occasions walking through an efferent house that was under construction. and the prosecutors are trying
to explain why he was there, on these occasions, doing nothing wrong, they maintain. but this is an interesting part of the case, because the defendants maintain that that is why they suspected that he was a robber in the neighborhood at that time when all of this happened. it's a very methodical process. it's not a very emotional opening statement. perhaps it will get to be more so, as she goes on. she spoke briefly about arbery being an uuncle, being a brothe, and went on to this very methodical explanation of the case. this is expected to go on for some time, and the defense will have its opening arguments and we will continue through the day. unclear how long all of that will take. the trial is expected to last anywhere from two to three weeks or longer, probably, especially when you consider the fact that jury selection took two and a half weeks, something that normally takes just a few days. here we are, beginning, a very emotional moment in this very contentious case.
jose? >> and ron, thank you. and maya, i mean, ron was just talking about that long jury selection process. the judge in the case, essentially said that his hands were tied, even if jury selection was discriminatory. how can that happen? >> reporter: unfortunately, it can happen because what the supreme court of the united states has said is, it's okay to allow lawyers to strike people from the jury for no reason at all. they don't have to give a reason. as long as race is not the only reason. so what happens is, we have, frankly, often, prosecutors -- in this case -- we have defense attorneys, being trained on how they can make arguments for why they struck someone that isn't about race. so they can say -- and this happened in a georgia case, where they said, you know, i didn't think that we had a good rapport when i was questioning
the juror. sometimes we have cases where they say, well, they actually liked the outcome of the o.j. simpson case. so things that don't have anything to do with the trial in front of them. it is so easy to come up with a reason that is not about race and too many attorneys are actually being trained to use those reasons. and study after study, jose, shows that blacks and latinos are significantly more likely to be struck than white jurors, using these -- what we call peremptory strikes. strikes for no reason. >> maya wiley and ron allen, thank you for being with me this morning. still ahead, the justice department is suing texas over its new voting restrictions. and we're keeping our eye on the house floor where after months of negotiations, the house is taking up biden's infrastructure and build back better plans. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports." r plans. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports.
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the justice department is suing the state of texas over its new voting law. the doj claims the law disenfranchises vulnerable voters. joining us now, guad venegas. give us details of this lawsuit. >> reporter: the justice department moves forward with the lawsuit against this new voting law known as senate bill law. the law was signed by governor greg abbott in september. it establishes changes like the law of drive-through voting and makes it more difficult, among other things. the justice department's lawsuit states that it also violates the civil rights act of 1964. specifically, this law places strict limits on how much help can be given to voters who because of disabilities or limited english proficiency may need help navigating the voting process. under the new rules, those giving assistance, would only be able to and i quote, read the ballot to the voter, direct the voter to read the ballot, mark
the ballot or direct the voter to mark the ballot. the law creates potential criminal penalties for those who do assist voters. in addition, voters who want to be mailed a ballot must provide their driver's license number or the last four digits of their social security number. and they would have to provide those same numbers in an envelope in which they return the ballot. here's the problem, this could be challenging for elderly applicants, jose. >> and guad, meanwhile, the violence continues almost unabated in mexico. there was another shooting near a popular resort yesterday. >> reporter: very unfortunate, jose. according to state authorities in quintina roo in mexico, two people were killed on the beach. this taking place next to the hyatt hotel where a video showed tourist hiding after being told to take over. authorities say 15 men arrived at the beach to execute two drug
dealers from a rival gang. one was killed on the beach and the other was able to run into a hotel, where he died of his injuries. the state's governor says the shooters wore ski masks and arrived on the beach by boat. he called the attack a serious blow to the development and security of the state. this happens only two weeks after a california blogger and a german tourist were killed at a bar inside this tourist zone of quintina roo, that also the result of violence between rival gangs, jose. >> and guad, the "los angeles times" conducted an investigation into bike stops by l sheriff's deputies. what did they find? >> reporter: right. the sheriff's department under fire once again, jose. now, after analyzing the "l.a. times" analyzed more than 44,000 bike stops by the l.a. sheriff's department. they found out that one out of seven stops, one out of seven stopped involves a latino cyclist. also bike riders in large
communities in large non-white populations were stopped and searched far more than those in more affluent, whiter parts of country. these are thousands of stops for minor violations that can include riding on the sidewalk or not using the light at night. the investigation found that deputies searched 85% of bike riders that they stopped, even though they often had no reason to suspect that they would find something illegal. most bicyclists were held in the backseat of patrol cars while deputies looked through their belongings or checked for arrest warrants. during these searches, they found illegal items only 8% of the time, jose. >> guad venegas in los angeles this morning. good to see you. thank you. still ahead, how one community took matters into their own hands after their beloved priest died of covid. you're watching "jose diaz-balart reports"s on msnbc. c feel stuck and need a loan? move to sofi and feel what it's like to get your money right. ♪
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clearly, someone who was beyond just a spiritual leader. he was a social justice leader in our community, who had a tremendous impact in the short period of time that he was with us. the fact is that it's seen everywhere today in mecca and the eastern parts of the coachella valley. in fact, as our families celebrated dios de muertos, there was a huge altar built in his commemoration. >> i would lo to see that picture with him proudly on his chest. tell us how the pandemic affected the community in the coachella valley. >> the pandemic has been devastating, especially for the eastern coachella valley, where a lot of our farm workers live and work. and the pandemic showed so many equities that we knew for so many decades. and right way, we've lost so many lives. so many lives, especially people, farm workers, immigrants that don't have privilege like we all do.
not having access to health care. right away, father francisco, we started organizing with him, bringing resources, bringing -- organizing food banks, organizing testing centers. he found a way to bring resources to this community that's for a long time been overlooked and overshadowed. and that it doesn't have privilege to many, to many safety net programs. right away, we started organizing with father and others to bring these resources until the day of his death, until the day of his death, he wanted to make sure that his community had the same resources than the other communities than the west side did that had privilege. father francisco was a man of faith, but also a man of community conscience. that he knew that he couldn't just stay at the church preaching. he knew he needed to walk the walk. it is very humbling to have been working with him, to have been
organizing with him, but until his death, i know the day that he -- they forced him, basically, to get in the ambulance to -- because we saw him really sick and one of the heads of public health forced him to get in the ambulance, because we saw him deteriorating. he said, no, i'm fine, i'm fine. this was the last day we saw him. and it was during a testing site at his church. i did speak with him a few days later over phone, but he wanted to know if everything was going well. if the community, if the testing centers were still going on. we asked him, father, take care of yourself, take care of yourself. he said, no, community first. and his loss has been very heavy. but we continue organizing, organizing in his honor, because this is something, homework that he left us behind all of the community that were here in the valley to make sure that there's resources that when the -- when
the vaccination effort starts rolling out, that the farm workers were the first ones to get vaccinated. and all of his wishes were made of reality -- yes? [ speaking spanish ] >> it hurts very much. and until this day, we can't get over his passing. but we continue to organize. we continue to organize and mobilize in his honor and the inequalities that we have here, for immigrants that don't have the same privilege that must havous do and we do it in his honor. >> eduardo, what still remains to be done? how can we all help? >> well, look, we continue to push forward with telling people that the vaccination is critical. we're proud to, you know, highlight that because of father's efforts, the community of mecca has over 95%
vaccination rate, which is higher than any other place in our region, and we're very proud of that. we truly believe that it was his work that motivated people to take action to protect their own lives. but we have a lot of work to do in this region, and he was spearheading efforts to make sure that we had infrastructure for drinking water. he was involved in making sure that everyone had food on the table to eat. he was involved in making sure that the community members had access to education programs, to learn how to read and write. he is certainly a big loss, but a lot of people in his honor will continue to do that work. >> eduardo garcia, luz gallegos, i can't thank you both enough for being with me this morning. he was certainly a light and shed light on things that we all need to know about. thank you for being with me this morning. funeral services will be held today for former secretary of state colin powell. how he will be honored, next. and we're keeping our eye on the white house right now. any minute, president biden will
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welker, who's outside the cathedral for us this morning. kristen, great to see you. what will we be hearing and seeing at this funeral? >> reporter: well, jose, this is a day where family, friends, and former presidents are going to gather to pay tribute to colin powell, the man who would serve as the nation's first african-american secretary of state, and first african-american joint chiefs chairman. there's going to be a long list of dignitaries here who are going to pay tribute and celebrate his life and his service to his country. and those who knew him say it was that service that he put above all else. in terms of the presidents that we expect to see, well, president biden will be here with the first lady as well as former president obama and former first lady mrs. obama. former president george w. bush, laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton, her husband, former president bill clinton will not be here. he is recovering from his own
health issues. there's also going to be a list of dignitaries who are going to eulogize him, including madeleine albright, his predecessor, and richard armitage, who served with him as the deputy secretary of state, and his son, michael. so that is where i think we can expect to hear the personal side of colin powell. this is a man who received two presidential medals of freedom. he was a servant to this country, but also a trailblazer. i spoke with someone from the obama administration who said, former president obama felt as though he stood on his shoulders. he paved the way for so many, such a towering figure within the african-american community and within the nation, writ large. so this is going to be a momentous day at the national cathedral, jose, and it gets underway shortly. >> and i know some of the folks, the presidents that honored him and he honored them through his service. but you've been talking to a lot of people that worked with him or for him over the last couple
of weeks. how are they remembering him? >> reporter: i have, jose. and i spoke with one person today who served in the obama administration, who said that when they think of colin powell, they think of the word "character," because that is the type of person who he was. he had a character that really guided his principles and his decisions. he had a strength of character, this person said, remember, he delivered that speech in 2003, at the u.n., to advocate for the war in iraq. what wound up being based on faulty intelligence. and this person said, colin powell had the character to come out and say that he regretted that. he called it a blot on his record. and that that required some strength. now, he also, in 1996, flirted with the idea of running for president. you may recall, and he decided not to. and those who knew him say, look, this was someone who did not have an appetite for politics, but who understand it so well, and that was
underscored by his decision to endorse former president obama just two weeks before election day, which really gave former president obama that extra bounce, as he was heading into election day. and also gave moderate republicans the cover to support obama. so people are remembering him for all of that today. i spoke with one former bush administration official who said he was a family man above all else. he had three beautiful children whom he loved. but he treated his staff like family. and this person said that when her father passed away, one of the first calls that she received was from colin powell. so i think this is going to be a day where his service to this country is recognized, is honored and is celebrated. and also those more personal moments where he really touched people on a very deeply personal level. >> chris, and thank you so much. we're expecting any minute now president biden to come out, and he's going to be speaking about these very, very strong numbers
on the economy. i think we have about a two-minute warning. i want to end these two minutes -- in these two minutes bring in the ceo of the national urban league, and also the president and ceo of the woodrow wilson center. thank you both for being with me. i have to be short with you, but mark, how do you remember powell? >> character, principle, a willingness to stand up even to his friends. a trail blazer for people of color. a man who was genuine at all times. a man from a humble beginning who didn't forget from whence he came. i heard collin speak some 25 years ago. he gave one of the most powerful defenses of affirmative action in the army to a world where he and i were the only african americans in the room. he's one of the great people of our time. >> jane, what your thoughts? you worked with him when you were at the house? >> i did.
he was chairman of the joint chiefs when i was elected to congress in 1992. i was in the house when he was secretary of state. accessible, approachable, very focussed on the fact that youngsters as he called them, needed good examples and boy, was he one. we missed our second eisenhower moment in '96. he would have been a good president. >> now to president biden. >> our economy is starting to work for more americans. thanks to the acts earlier this year and a vaccine deployment americans are getting jobs in a record pace. in this historically strong recovery unemployment rate has fallen down to 4 .6%. this included a substantial drop in the unemployment for hispanics which was much needed. our economy is on the move. this morning we learned that in october our economy created 53
1,000 jobs. well above expectations. we also learned that job growth over the prior two months, august to september was nearly 250,000 more jobs than previously thought. in total, the job creation in the first full nine months of my administration was about 5.6 million new jobs on record for any new president. that's a monthly average of over 60,000 new jobs each month. ten times more than the job creation at three months before i took office. new unemployment claims have fallen every week for the past five weeks. they are down by more than 60% since i took office and are now at the lowest level since the pandemic started. and people continue to move from unemployment roles to work. unemployment has increased this year by more than any other year since 1950. so any year since 1950 unemployment has decreased more
in this year than since 1950. and not only are more americans working. working americans are seeing their paychecks go up. weekly pay went up in october with an average hourly earnings up almost 5% this year. that's more than some of the lowest -- that's more than some of the lowest paid workers in our country, have seen their pay go up 12 % this year. over 5.5 million jobs, unemployment down a record pace to 4.6%. and before we pass the rescue plan, forecasters said it would take until the end of 2023 to get the 4.6 unemployment rate. today we've reached that rate two years before forecasters thought it was possible. i would humbly suggest this was significant improvement from when i took office and a sign
we're on the right track. this does not happen by accident or just because. we laid the foundation for this recovery with my american rescue plan that congress passed the beginning of my term. it put money in working family's pockets and gave families with kids a tax cut each month. it helped keep small businesses going in the dark days earlier this year. and it provided the resources needed to launch one of the fastest mass vaccination programs ever. we got more than 220 million shots in arms in my first 100 days. we didn't stop there. in recent months, we've started implementing vaccination requirements. it helped bring the number of unvaccinated adults down in this country from around 100 million several months ago to 60 million now. you know, that's good for our health. but it's also good for our economy. now vaccinated workers are going back to work. vaccinated shoppers are going back to stores.
and with the launch of the vaccine for kids, ages 5 through 11 this week, we can make sure more vaccinated children can stay in school. these plans i've implemented -- through these plans of economic success, the economic rescue and vaccination plans. there's both of them, have made the economy the envy of the world. we're the fastest growing major economy. and one creating jobs at a faster pace than anyone. yet, yes -- there's a lot more to be done. we still have to tackle the cost of american families are facing. but this recovery is faster, stronger, and fairer and wider than almost anyone would have predicted. that's what the numbers say. but we want to make sure the people continue to feel it in their lives, their bank accounts and hopes and expectations. for tomorrow is better than today. that's what this is all about. making sure our recovery is fully felt. to determine that depends on two
things. two things that are entirely within our reach. the first, for our economy to fully recover, we need to keep driving vaccinations up. and covid down. in that effort, we took two major steps this week. on tuesday the cdc recommended covid-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. we're prepared for this moment by securing enough vaccines to provide for every single -- pharmacies, schools and other sites. as a parent of one of the first children to receive the shot said, quote, today is such a huge sigh of relief, end of quote. starting next week, our kids' vaccination programs will hit full strength with about 20,000 trusted and convenient places for parents to get their kids vaccinated.
and yesterday the occupational safety and health administration issued a rule to require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests negative for covid-19 at least once a week. and the centers for medicare and medicaid services issued a rule requiring that all workers at health care facilities participating in medicare and medicaid are fully vaccinated. together these with other rules means two-thirds of all workers in the united states are now covered by vaccination requirements. these requirements have broad public support. and they work. already we have seen organizations that have adopted vaccination requirements increase their vaccination rates by more than 20 percentage points. often as high as over 90%. this is good for the workers. for their colleagues. for their loved ones and for their communities.
it's also good for the economy. and a recent university of chicago survey, every economist agreed that requiring staff vax naxs or regular testing among large employers would promote the economic recovery that is faster and stronger even than it is now. and goldman sachs redistricted these requirements could lead up to 5 million more americans reentering the work force. that's because they feel safer to do so. it's because there are fewer disruptions to things like child care. again, beating covid-19 remains one of the most important ways to strengthen our economy. not just save lives but strengthen our economy. we're making progress. as of this week, 70% of american adults are fully vaccinated. more than 193 million americans fully vaccinated. it was less than 1% when we took office ten months ago.
and one more piece of good news. last night we received promising news about another potent and potential covid treatment. a pill, a pill developed by pfizer that may dramatically reduce the risk of being hospitalized or dying when taken shortly after infection, after you're infected. we may soon have pills that may treat the virus for those who have become infected. we've secured millions of doses and the therapy would be another tool to protect people from what the worst outcomes of covid. it's important to remember we need to prevent infections. not wait to treat them once they happen. and vaccination remains the best way to do that. the pandemic is not yet behind us. but within this week's announcements, vaccines for kids, more adults getting vaccinated, potential treatment for those who get sick, we're accelerating our path out of