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The Republican National Convention kicks off this evening, with plans to lay out an economic vision different from what the Democrats presented last week.

Axios Re:Cap speaks with Jason Miller, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, about where the economy has been, where it's at, and where Trump wants to take it in a second term.

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Trump endorses Ronna McDaniel for RNC chair

President Trump speaks with RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in New York in 2017. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted Wednesday evening that he has given his "full support and endorsement to Ronna McDaniel to continue heading the Republican National Committee."

Between the lines: By tweeting this endorsement, President Trump makes clear he intends to continue running the Republican Party even after his election loss. McDaniel met with Trump in the Oval on Tuesday, per source with direct knowledge.

U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The economy added 379,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% to 6.2%, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Why it matters: The first Biden-era jobs report shows hiring surged as coronavirus cases eased — though a full recovery remains far off. Economists expected the economy to add roughly 182,000 jobs last month, after adding a paltry 49,000 in January.

This story is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Workers are getting a really bad deal

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This week's spate of data highlighted the difficulties Americans who have lost their jobs have had bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic, and just how much those who have managed to keep their jobs have been working.

What's happening: The Labor Department reported Thursday that the productivity of American workers fell by a revised 4.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter, the largest decline in 39 years.

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