Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for August:
“For the thirtieth month straight, our economy continued to add private sector jobs in August. With 103,000 more Americans back to work last month in the private sector and the unemployment rate dropping from 8.3% to 8.1%, our economic recovery is moving forward, and our nation is headed in the right direction.
“While encouraging, today's report also shows that we have more work to do. We should be taking action to encourage American businesses to expand and hire for well paying jobs that won’t be shipped overseas, which is what House Democrats’ Make It In America jobs plan is all about – creating jobs and providing opportunities for the middle class.
“Unfortunately, House Republicans have continued to block the Make It In America plan and other pieces of jobs legislation at every turn, choosing to put partisan obstruction ahead of real progress for our country. I call on them to work with Democrats instead, so that we can address the jobs challenge in a comprehensive way and help more of our people Make It In America.”