The Department of Labor announced that the economy added 120,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 8.2 percent in March:
With private businesses adding 121,000 jobs, this marks the 25th consecutive month of private sector job growth:
Leader Pelosi on the jobs report:
Today’s report is another sign that while the private sector is creating jobs, we have more work to do on behalf of our workers, our families, and our middle class.
For weeks, House Republicans have squandered the opportunity to bring up a bipartisan transportation bill that creates or saves more than 2 million jobs and rebuilds our infrastructure. Instead, they kicked the can down the road with another short-term quick fix, while pushing a transportation proposal that destroys more than half-a-million jobs and undermines highway investments in nearly every state. At the same time, Republicans threatened the long-term economic security of all Americans by passing a budget that ends the Medicare guarantee, hands massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and Big Oil, and destroys millions of jobs.
It is long past due for Republicans to join Democrats in working on behalf of the American people who want us to create jobs, address the challenge of skyrocketing gas prices, grow our small businesses, and strengthen an all-inclusive and thriving middle class. Democrats are committed to reigniting the American dream, building ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, take responsibility, and play by the rules.