For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2010
(202) 225 - 3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released their jobs report for May:
“While the majority of jobs created in May were due to Census hiring, it is an encouraging sign for our economic recovery that the private sector created jobs as well. May was the fifth straight month of job growth, a significant turnaround for an economy that was shedding an average of nearly 800,000 jobs per month at the end of the Bush Administration. In addition, the number of full-time workers increased for the fourth month in a row, while fewer Americans were working part-time for economic reasons.
“Since taking their oaths of office in the midst of an economic crisis, President Obama and the 111th Congress have made it their top priority to rebuild our economy and fight for the middle class. As part of that effort, Democrats have passed the Recovery Act, which is responsible for some 2 million jobs; cut taxes for working families, homeowners, and small businesses; created innovative programs to support home energy efficiency and the American auto industry; and, just last week, passed the American Jobs, Closing Loopholes, and Preventing Outsourcing Act, which helps restore the flow of credit to small businesses, extends the important R&D tax credit, and helps stop corporations from sending American jobs overseas.
“Those steps demonstrate the strength of Democrats’ commitment to undoing the damage caused by the Bush economic collapse. But as long as so many middle-class Americans remain out of work, our work in Congress is still not done—which is why job creation will continue to be our top legislative priority.”