Larson Statement on December Jobs Numbers
WASHINGTON – House Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (CT) released the following statement today on the December jobs numbers:
“Today’s economic news, while certainly welcome and encouraging, further underscores the need for Congress to do more to help the 14 million Americans who are out of work.
“Just this week I met with the Iron Workers and the Greater Hartford Building Trades Council at a school in my District in desperate need of repair, at a time when over 40% of the building tradesmen in greater Hartford have been unemployed for two years. It’s clear, there is a great opportunity here. We know we need to have a first rate education system and to see our schools upgraded, in a way that many of them haven’t been in years. And we know if we invest in our schools and our infrastructure, at the same time we’ll be putting those very people back to work. It’s a win-win for our economy and our future.
“Congress must build on the momentum that the job market has seen in the last few months and act on what Americans have consistently said is their number one priority: job creation. We must work to rebuild the middle class, and reignite the American Dream for millions of Americans who have been left behind.
“2012 has arrived and, as the President has said, America cannot wait another 12 months for action on jobs.”