President Biden swears in presidential appointees during a virtual ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday. Data on Thursday showed new claims for state unemployment benefits reached 900,000, showcasing the weakening U.S. jobs picture.

US President Joe Biden swears in presidential appointees during a virtual ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, after being sworn in at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)