President Trump. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters Friday that Republican senators "have to do what they think is right" on the Brett Kavanaugh vote, adding that he found Christine Blasey Ford's testimony to be "very credible."

The big picture: Trump said he has not considered a back-up nominee to replace Kavanaugh, and that he found Kavanaugh's testimony to be "incredible" and "something I hadn't seen before." Note that Trump also has the power to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, as several senators have requested, but he has yet to say if he will do so.

Go deeper

U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs last month, while the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1% from 13.3% in May, according to government data released Thursday.

The state of play: While the labor market showed more signs of recovery when the government’s survey period ended in early June, the lag means that more recent developments, like the surge in coronavirus cases and resultant closures in some states, aren't captured in this data.

1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week

Photo: Wang Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Another 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, the Department of Labor announced Thursday.

Why it matters: New applications for unemployment remain historically high, suggesting layoffs are still widely prevalent. However, they remain well below the all-time record seen when the coronavirus pandemic first hit.

The crushing budget blow awaiting state and local government workers

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

State and local government jobs are being gutted, even as the labor market shows signs of a slight recovery.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic blew a hole in state and local government budgets. A slew of states cut spending and jobs — with more planned layoffs announced this week as states try to balance budgets.