The American economy continues to roar to life under President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, with new data showing US workers receiving the lowest unemployment benefits since 1973.
New applications for jobless claims fell to the lowest levels in over 40 years as more and more Americans head back to work following the recently passed GOP tax cuts.
“New applications for U.S. jobless benefits increased less than expected last week and the number of Americans receiving unemployment aid fell to its lowest level since 1973, pointing to tightening labor market conditions,” writes CNBC.
“The labor market is considered to be near or at full employment,” adds the site. “The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent.”
The strong economic data signals a healthy US recovery heading into the second quarter of 2018, with unemployment hovering at record lows as businesses expand across the United States.
GREAT AGAIN: $2 TRILLION Added to US Economy Under President Trump
The United States Stock Market has added over $2 trillion to the American economy since President Trump won the 2016 presidential election; smashing expectations and further signaling a robust recovery following years of stagnant growth under Barack Obama.
According to CNBC, the S&P 500 stock index grew by $2.04 trillion since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last November; soaring after the election on renewed hopes of significant tax reform and the reduction of burdensome regulations imposed by Trump’s predecessor.
The largest gains were seen in information technology, financial services, healthcare, and materials.
President Trump now sets his sights on reforming the nation’s complicated and outdated tax code, a key campaign promise to deliver tax relief to millions of American families and businesses.
“People are in wait-and-see mode in terms of tax reform. We get a bit of a pop every time it gets mentioned, but I think the market is in a bit of disbelief,” said one market strategist.
Analysts also credit President Trump’s pledge to rebuild the American military with the massive rise in stocks associated with Defense contracts, reporting some businesses have seen growth of 30% since the US election last fall.
ARMAGEDDON CONTINUES: Chipotle Announces BIG BONUSES, MORE BENEFITS after GOP Tax Cuts
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer’s dire predictions of “doom and gloom” continued to unravel this week, with Mexican food giant Chipotle announcing big bonuses and expanded benefits for its workers in the aftermath of the GOP-led tax cuts.
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the new policies Wednesday, saying the quick-service restaurant was “rolling out benefits” to all of its 71,000 employees; extending stock bonuses, cash payouts, as well as paid parental leave.
According to Fox Business, qualified hourly and full-time employees will receive a bonus of $1,000 with some eligible for stock bonuses and grants to buy-back into the corporation.
Chipotle cites the recently passed GOP tax cuts as a prime factor behind the revised compensation packages.
“Other offerings will include accelerated training programs, and additional paid parental leave for everyone, from hourly managers to salaried employees,” writes Fox. “The company also added life insurance and short-term disability insurance coverage for hourly restaurant managers.”
Chipotle joins a growing list of American-based corporations -such as AT&T, Disney, Starbucks, Walmart, Home Depot, UPS, Visa, and others- to pay out big bonuses and raise wages after President Trump signed the sweeping tax overhaul into law late last-year.