Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for December:"This morning’s announcement that our economy added 200,000 jobs in December, bringing our unemployment rate down to 8.5%, is a sign of progress and provides further evidence that our economy is recovering. However, while we have now experienced twenty-two straight months of private sector job growth, too many Americans remain out of work.
“These numbers are a reminder that Congress must help create an environment of certainty for American businesses looking to hire more workers and for families planning for the future. This should begin with Republicans joining us to pass a full year extension of the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits set to expire at the end of February. We then need to take action on a comprehensive jobs plan, like House Democrats’ Make It In America plan, so that we can create jobs and restore the promise of the American Dream for millions of families.”