Secy. Mnuchin: Unemployment numbers may get worse, but will get better heading into summer

FILE – In this April 21, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Some of Trump’s top economic advisers emphasized on Sunday, May 10, the importance of states getting more businesses and offices open. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, it’s difficult to predict what’s going to happen to the economy next. In an interview Monday, he said economic models now have “nothing to do with normal factors.” Instead, they are based on the closing and reopening of the economy.

Mnuchin noted that the administration is “very sympathetic to workers.” He said if the numbers are worse next month, they will get better heading into the summer.

The Treasury secretary pointed to the progress made so far, including dispersing the second round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding and around 140 million Americans receiving their economic stimulus payments.

“We have lots of money going into the economy because of the facilities that the Fed has announced with the Treasury,” he explained. “We’ve unlocked the bond markets, so you have companies like Boeing being able to borrow unprecedented amounts of money and I think this is going to have a big impact on helping the economy.”

Mnuchin went on to say what President Trump is calling for now is to step back and consider what to do in the next phase before spending another trillion dollars or more of taxpayer money. He noted the president is determined to “do whatever we need to do.”

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