Trump delivers remarks at American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting
Busy. Time. Making. A lot of progress with. The. Whole situation. That came. In from playschool China you, probably know you probably see, but. We have a little work to do and. We'll get it done we're. Having some very, good numbers coming out in terms of the comeback the comeback. Of our nation and I think it's going very rapidly, and it's going to be very good but. Right now we're in that process of, building and. It's an honor that you're with us today we very much appreciate, it I'm, delighted to welcome members, of the workforce policy. Advisory board and. I want to thank you vodka she works very hard on this board she works very hard to get jobs and. It's. Made in the USA and jobs, in the USA I saw. A group of your people yesterday having to do with ships, you're. Involved, in that partnership, and it's fantastic, what, they're doing in. Wisconsin was. Really a great, day the. Secretary. Of Treasury is, with us and he's, worked very hard and, I think he's got some very good things to say and some. Pretty big news and Commerce Secretary Wilbur. Ross Secretary. Of Labor, Jeanne Scalia. Secretary. Of Education Betsy. DeVos and, small. Business administrator. Has definitely, kept busy Jovita. Was Jovita, Jovita. Good. To. Be de Carranza, thanks. Also to Iowa, Governor Kim. Reynolds who's. Done terrifically, Kim. Like him nice. To see you thank you very much and, there. A call come governor, of Indiana and, we. Always recognize, Erika's, he's how, tall are you Eric. Pretty. Tall guy right, but. We, have one that's a little taller you, know that is a last guy you, know that right, you're, doing a great job we, appreciate, it as well as the CEOs, who have signed our pledge to American. Workers Maryland. Houston thank you very much of Lockheed Martin. Sebastian. Thrun of, Udacity. And Ginni Rometty of, IBM. I, want. To thank you all you've been really hear from from. The beginning very much from the beginning and we appreciate, it very much together. We built the greatest economy, in history, and literally. In the history of the world greatest, we've ever had the greatest the world has ever seen and. Now, we have to bring it back because. We had to close in, order to save millions. Of lives we, added. 2.5. Million jobs last month which was incredible, and number the largest monthly increase, in history and. More than double the previous record. So we're bringing it back we. Had the greatest ever and we had to close it and now we bring it back and we start off with 2.5, million jobs in one month I would, say that's pretty good Maryland right that's the, highest ever done. And then likewise, retail. Sales surged by. Nearly 18 percent last, month that was the biggest jump ever recorded, so. That's great the stock market, has seen. You go back a, week. One. Week it's so, the best 50, days in its, history best 50-day, increase. In the history of the stock. Markets our, pledge to America's, workers has secured. Commitments, over 16, million job, and training opportunities, from employers, nationwide. And, some of the employers are with us and they've been fantastic I want. To thank. The, American people for doing such an incredible, job they understand, what's happening, and they see how fast we're turning. It around I want to. Just. State that this is Americans, of all backgrounds that, we're talking about to. Have the chance we want to get them the chance to learn and to build a successful career, we. Want to train Americans, and we, want to hire Americans, so we're training American, and we're hiring American.
Before. The pledge and. This. Is a very big factor I mean we have a. Problem. That. As about, 22. Different names but. I'll just call it the plague but. Before the plague struck we. Had the lowest, african-american. And Hispanic, American, Asian American unemployment, ever. We had the most jobs we've ever had almost, 160, million jobs we've. Never been in a position like that women, were thriving, best. Numbers ever and since, my election more, than half. Of those jobs more, than half first time that's ever happened went to women. But. Now we want to get. That all back the. African-american. Group. Got hit very hard, the Hispanic, American group got hit very hard. Essentially. All groups got hit hard but now it's all coming back to, further expand. Opportunity. I'm taking the bold action to reform the federal work force today, I'll, sign an executive order, that directs the federal government, to replace outdated and. Really. Outdated. It's called degree, based hiring. With skill based hiring so, we, want it based on scale the federal government, will, no longer be. Narrowly focused, on where, you went to school, but. The skills and the talents, that you bring to the job we want that skill, to be there we want it based on merit we've. Looked at merit for a long time and we've been able to get that done and, today's, signing is a very very important, one I think, maybe before I sign I'll ask Ivanka, to say a few words and then we'll. Go around a little bit we'll pick a few people and then we'll sign, and, we, go back to work thank you very much Ivanka. Thank. You mr. president and it's honor to have you here we just convened, our, sixth, meeting of our workforce Advisory, Board and we got an update on the. Team's. Response. To your bold call to action first, we're going to be launching an Ginni Rometty in partnership, with Tim Cook spearheaded, this group a massive. Advertising, campaign, that directs, those that, need, to rescale, learn a new trade to, secure a job to. The resources, to enable, to do that so we're very excited about the launch, of this private, sector-led. And driven. Campaign to match Americans, with the training they need and ultimately, the job vacancies that, exist the, Advisory Board is also creating a series, of pilot programs and, Scott, Pulsifer and Doug McMillon have been running these groups where, we really think, about how we create the resumes of the future and allow, people to find job, vacancies, based on skill and for.
Employers, To connect with those unemployed, workers, again, based on skill so creating a lot more efficiency, to, that process. You. Are once again leading. By example, here today with the co-signing as the, nation's, largest, employer. We. Are always seeking to recruit and retain the best and the brightest to serve the American people, last, December, you fought for and secured, paid, leave for every, federal worker this was a first creating. A workplace that reflects, our American. Values of both work and family, and helping. Us retain our amazing talent it's, also why you fought so hard the spring when kovetz strap to secure paid sick leave for Americans. Employed by small businesses, an additional. Funding for child care providers, helping millions and millions of Americans remain. Employed and providing. Relief to small businesses, across the country this, is going to ensure a faster, and stronger recovery. Today. We're, taking that next step as you mentioned in signing an executive order that directs, federal agencies, to hire based on skills and knowledge not, just outdated degree, requirements, this, will allow us to better recognize, the talents, and competencies. Of all Americans, we hire you, built once the. Most inclusive economy, in this, country's history and, you'll. Build it again through. Our pledge to America's, workers the private sector has committed, to investing, in the training, and education of, over 16. Million. American. Students and workers and this continues, despite. The. Vast change, that that, the plague assured, in companies. Like Udacity, Sebastian, Thrun Joy's insists today have, been leading the way and they've been using, they're pledged commitment, and fulfilling it by providing free tech training to, American workers laid off as a result of kovat I recently. Had, the opportunity to, virtually, meet one of the students that went through your program, and received, your scholarship. In in conjunction, with the pledge and it was incredible. His name was Tony he was a lifelong truck driver he owned his own business it was a single. Rig. That he had through. A series of setbacks the company ended up going under, he, signed up for a course in tech and is now a software. Engineer, providing. For his family absolutely, loving. What he does and there are many many, stories, like Tony that, hopefully will inspire millions, across the nation, Marilyn. Hewson also, an early pledge signer of Lockheed, Martin committed to hiring during, the pandemic using. Virtual, technology and, other techniques to ensure recruitment. Processes move forward so. With more people teleworking, and learning from home, than ever before we, have a lot to accomplish in the months ahead and I'm really excited about your effort to extend this working group and to, reform, our federal hiring practices, as we. Think about building that inclusive, American, economy, as we transition, to greatness so so, thank you for today and it's a pleasure to have you join thank you very much honey great job really, has been it's been a labor of love. Loves. Helping people, wonderful. Thing, Marilyn. How about starting with you. Well. We've had. A great effort. Put. Forward some strong. Recommendations. That I helped help to match. The skills together with the jobs that are there and at, Lockheed Martin we're proud of this year we're we're on a path to hire 12,000. People and a lot of it is around making sure that we are getting the kind of apprenticeships, and scholarships. And skills training for them so, that they can link up to jobs in our operation, thank you well you've done a great job and, I got, to see it again I, mentioned. It was so impressive what I saw the hope, yesterday. Was really great to be there and I didn't, know you had a big chunk of that one but he's, done very well with it so we appreciate it please, Sebastian. Please it's. A great honor to meet you and I want to thank you for keeping us safe and moving, us forward, this. Has been of course a bio time for all of us over 30 million unemployed it's, our chance to really redefine, how, education, looks like and moving to a world where people. Learn lifelong have lifelong access and can, we unfold.
Their. Livelihoods. Ivanka, was of course the visionary behind all of this and thank you for doing this mentioned. Tony Boswell a truck driver who. Was. Driving trucks for ten years and then his truck broke down and he couldn't finance the new engine that he needed he, was unemployed had, no income no education, and came across bye-bye, randomness, a Google, scholarship, that Udacity. Launched and then, in ten months time was able to become a software engineer these, are the stories that I believe this nation needs, I think we have so much opportunity so, much potential in this and this great nation to, bring people forward and I think this is the time to do it, that's. A great story, it's, an amazing story Jenny. Please. Well. First mr. president thank you for your leadership during, this time thank you thank, you and you used an important, word when you described, Ivanka's. Contribution, here as, a labor of love because this. Is something I think what, the team has done collectively, will have a very long-term impact, as well, as short-term and we. Are solving probably, are working towards helping solve one of the most important. Prop programs. For growth for the country as well so, to help anyone from any socio-economic background, so I really, might my had us off and thanks to secretary, Ross and to, Ivanka. For, having led us through this and I think what we put on the table is substantive change and I know it is. Changed. A company like mine so as you sign skills, first we've. Adopted that in 15 percent of our hires last year or, people from non-traditional backgrounds. And so it's, it's, really what this is all about I think and giving everyone a break a bright, future in the digital era so thank you for that thank you very much good. Job, Eric. Well. I just added my appreciation, I mean what you're doing. Today is leveling the playing field there's, been a lot of people a lot of have-nots, that will have an opportunity to join the haves and. -, to. Do it during a time of such challenge, but to recognize the opportunity, that's here and, to do it now there couldn't be a more important time so, appreciate. Everyone's. Effort around this table and your leadership on this front. We. Are we are moving in the right direction we. Are we've. Got ninety, three thousand, unfilled, jobs right. Now we. Need to fill we've, heard, in a hundred thousand, jobs in just three and a half years the previous record, was ninety. Three thousand, and four years these, are high wage high demand jobs these are $28. North an hour it's, great oh this is what it's all about skilling. Up the workforce that's great great, job thank you very much. Well. Thank you mr. president and, what I so appreciate about your administration, is it's really an administration, of action, you, identify, barriers and, gaps and then you help bring the right people together to find the solutions, and enact those so thank you very much it's, been an honor to be a part of this advisory, board I appreciate.
How, With. The leadership of Ivanka, and secretary Ross we, really have, identified. The various elements connected, those elements, whether it's been consistent, data definition. Goals and messaging, and I, look forward to really amplifying, that in the state of Iowa by executive order I just created, an economic task, force I brought several. CEOs business leaders and nonprofits, together to utilize their expertise, in the, way through innovation, and adaptation, and, creativity, adjusted. Within weeks. To, the coronavirus. And everything. That this group, has talked about will, fold so, well into, what we're trying to do at the state level and when you think about that, happening in every state across the country we. Really are going, to come back stronger, and better, and really, help provide opportunities. For every, single on there and so thank you for leaving and we see it now Kim next year is gonna be we. Think amazing I, think it's gonna be an amazing year Larry. Yeah thanks sir I spoke just before you came but I'll just repeat, the. V-shaped, recovery virtually. Every number is. Showing a v-shape recovery, now. Private. Surveys, government, statistics. Restaurants. Home builders truckers, durable, goods makers, Apple. Mobility, and travel, gasoline. Demand as. You said the jobs went up really. About three million in May, we had tremendous of, retail sales actually, today, and the, income report we had tremendous consumer, spending, eight. Percent, and an annual rate for one month it's a great story, it's a great number and I still think we get 20% in the second half of the year and if, we get another five percent in the first quarter of next year we. Will be right back to the peak in. 2019. Where you got us the first time with. The growth policies, and I, just wanted to say Ivanka. I gave, you a big pitch gave you did the best I could, private. Sector rescaling. And retraining, and, not. Only will people come. Back. To the labor force when they're reese killed they'll. Come back with higher wages and, they'll, come back with more confidence and, it'll make a huge, difference, as it already has and so, I've added you to the, four pillars, of growth, the, president, good tax, cuts good to regulation. Energy. Unleashing. Fair. Trade deals and. Private. Sector-led re-skilling. How's that sir that's great, that's great and I'm very happy what you said about, early.
Next Year I think next year is going to be an incredible, year thank you very much Larry, well, Burt would you like to say something yes. Mr. president thank, you for the opportunity. To help Ivanka. The others on this group, I've. Been very very impressed, with the productivity. Of this, advisory, board most. Advisory. Boards create, a big thick book at, the end it goes in the library, and, nothing, happens, this, group, every, single meeting there's a specific. Tangible thing, it. Gets followed, up and it gets implemented, so, it's. Really been a heartwarming, thing, to, see how productive these, folks have, been and, I congratulate, all of them thank you very much thank, you Jean please. Thank. You mr. president, and you mentioned a three and a half percent unemployment. Rate just a few months ago you. Did so many things for, the American worker during. Those three years you know back, in the summer of 2016. The Congressional, Budget Office, said that we'd be at five percent unemployment, in February they. Said that between. Then and February, 2020, they said we'd create 1.9, million jobs we, created seven million jobs so. Larry. Touched on it was it was policies, of tax cuts of. Deregulation. That brought, us there which, was just a wonderful thing for the American worker, as jobs were being created and wages. Were rising but, there, was other work going on and what, you see today is a manifestation of, other things, that were being done that are now going to have their day to really help workers, we are coming back Larry's mentioned some of the numbers, but. We know that the Train will be important, and we're fortunate that, this really very extraordinary group and as Secretary. Ross has said a group that really generated, valuable, product, they. Were working quietly to. Help train American workers I spoke, earlier about a new apprenticeship, rule that we adopt a labor department that I think will be very helpful, this. Will be an important part of the rebound, thank you James very much appreciate, it Steve. Please, Thank. You mr. president as others said your, economic, team working, with you knew how to create jobs and created an enormous amount, and because of this virus we, had to unfortunately shut down the economy we know how to reopen the economy, safely, working. With Congress, we put three trillion dollars in it's, beginning to work we see it, where, our work isn't gonna be done until every single one of these jobs is done we know we need a few, more tools we'll go back to Congress next month but we're gonna get everybody back to work and I'm. Confident, we're gonna see a strong. Third and fourth quarter as we reopen, that's great Steve thank you very much anybody else would like to say something anybody, anybody. This, is your chance go ahead please, mr.. President I just want to say is your domestic policy, chief what an extraordinary today, today, is and here's why it's. Not just the work of this council and the leadership of Ivanka, it is the executive, order that you are about to sign that. Completely, resets, the playing field the, federal government is the largest employer. In the country with 2 million employees. Two-thirds. Of American, adults do not have a college degree your. Signature, that is recalibrating, the workforce, away. From being degree, only to skillset, is. Transformational. And the opportunity. For you to fight for all Americans, I think, about Tony that Ivanka talked about that Sebastien, talked about from Udacity from, a truck driver to a software engineer, next, but potentially, into the federal government because of this executive order that is focusing, on skills rather, than degrees congratulations. And thank you for your leadership it's, extraordinary. Yes. President, Trump thank you very much for your strong leadership you. Know I sit in the audience here. As part of a participate. Participation. Of this particular Advisory.
Board. And I'm, a recipient, of the type of programs. That you are actually, implementing, and supporting I started. Out as a box handler, in in. A world's largest, logistics. Company and so when I hear we want to talk about the dedication, of the workforce and establishing. Some really comprehensive, training I took. Advantage of every training opportunity, there was in their private sector and perhaps. You'll see another administrator. Similar. To me based on the programs that you're going to advocate. And support and because. Of the public-private. Partnerships, that this administration. Has, enabled. The Paycheck protection, program just one example that has, fortified. Small, businesses, sustained, their viability and also. Protected, their employees, a baseline. Of about sixty million employees and. So. I thank, you again for, putting in small businesses front and center and one of them comment, I'm looking, at all of these private sector companies the super, leaders in, your, various sectors you. Are the primary, contractors. For. The. Subcontractors. That I, represent, as an advocate, for Small Business Administration. So, once you. Reinstate. Your viability, the small business, sector will then follow, suit soon after, so thank you again thank, you very much Javita thank, you very much, mr.. President, I just. Appreciate your, unrelenting. Focus. On creating, opportunity, for all Americans and, that begins with opportunities. And education. And I so, appreciate your, leadership there, and it's, been a privilege to be part of this Ivanka, and secretary, Ross thank you for your, work here, we. Are privileged, to carry out your vision in, policy. And action. As. Governor. Reynolds said and thank, you for your leadership choice. How's, that going choice right. That's. What we want please yeah. I was just gonna say Thank You mr. president, from. A University's, perspective, it's often perceived. As skills versus degrees but in reality in a skills denominated, future it is that tide that lifts all boats because, even those who possess degrees. They. Can, better articulate, the skills and competencies, that they now have for the future of work and.
The Reality is too is is it's also more fair its more equitable, it's more prosperous, for our workforce because what. It really is is it's now about what you possess and what you can demonstrate not how you acquired, the competency, and skill and so it just creates much more of an equitable equitable, pathway, and WGU. As a competency-based, education provider. Has, always been focused on how do your, the. Outcomes, of a true of achieving a degree in a skills and competency, based way so it's much more aligned with the future of work and so it is truly that tide that lifts all boats so, this, is a huge, step in the right direction so, thank you very much I. Agree. With you a hundred percent I, must say I do, okay. Why, don't we sign and. This, is a big deal, congratulations. To everybody in the room this. Means a lot. Okay. We'll, do that for Maryland. Okay, that's. Very good, we're pens for everybody. Well. Thank you all very much we appreciate it this is really. An important, day, for a lot of reasons but this is one of them thank you all for being with us we appreciate it, very much thank you very much, mr.. President why'd, you cancel your Bedminster trip sir the. Numbers out of Florida in Texas did they open too soon.