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Jobs and the Economy

Strengthening job creation is the most important part of reducing our deficit and improving our economy. With unemployment continuing to persist across the country and in Connecticut, Americans are calling on Congress to make job creation one of its top priorities. In Washington, Congressman Larson has led the charge to bring and retain jobs in Connecticut, recently fighting to end the enrollment freeze at our Job Corps Academies and voting against legislation that would hurt our recovery by paying China before investing in the American people.

Congress has a responsibility to vote on a plan to grow jobs and invest in the American people. Current House Republican leadership has continually avoided voting on any balanced plan, instead dealing with self-manufactured crises that take away certainty from the American people. Recently many Americans began to feel the impact of our latest crisis, sequestration, or the across-the-board budget cuts implemented after House Republicans again refused to vote on a fair and balanced plan. Congressman Larson voted against sequestration, understanding these cuts were the wrong way to deal with our fiscal issues and is continuing his fight to lessen its impact.

In Connecticut many jobs also depend on our strong manufacturing base. That’s why Congressman Larson has fought to support Connecticut manufacturers and is working to maintain and improve our manufacturing workforce.  The elimination of the alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the new manufacturing education initiative at Goodwin College are just a few examples of Congressman Larson’s recent work to strengthen manufacturing in the First Congressional District and beyond. From East Hartford to Torrington Congressman Larson stands in support of Connecticut’s manufacturers.

Today more than ever Congressman Larson views every issue through the lens of job creation. Despite the signs of recovery, too many Americans are still struggling to find a job. Congressman Larson and House Democrats are committed to developing a fair and balanced plan to increase job creation and help every American find the simple dignity that comes from a job.

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More on Jobs and the Economy

November 28, 2012 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) was joined by Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA) for a press avail after the Democratic Caucus meeting this morning on the need for Congress to focus on what they agree on by passing the middle class tax cuts.  You can watch the video here.  

Full transcript:

Rep. Larson: Good morning. Is everybody set?

November 2, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's October employment report, showing that the U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in October:

"Today's report shows employers are hiring more Americans than expected. This is encouraging news and marks the thirty second straight month of private sector job growth.

October 17, 2012 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Maya Wiley, the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion joined The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Voices of Women of Color, and the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity for the town-hall style program: Transforming Hartford: The Call to Action Continues.
October 5, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Building on his announcement yesterday of a new round in the Connecticut Job Match Initiative, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) helped kick off Connecticut's Manufacturing Month today, joining over 500 students at the Hartford Armory for Manufacturing Mania Education Day.

October 5, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's September employment report, which showed that the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs in September - the 31st straight month of private sector job growth - and saw unemployment fall to 7.8 percent:

October 1, 2012 Press Release
Hartford, CT – At Hartford City Hall today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced a $1 million grant for the Hartford Innovation Hub.
September 13, 2012 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) condemned House Republicans today for choosing to use the very limited time left this Congress to pursue a cheap, partisan, political attack instead of getting to work addressing the long list of important business facing the nation.

September 7, 2012 Press Release

Hartford – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the Department of Labor's August employment report. The U.S. economy added 96,000 jobs, including 103,000 private sector jobs, and the unemployment rate shrank to 8.1 percent:

"This past week Americans have been provided with a clear choice between continued action to boost growth and economic prosperity or returning to the failed policies that landed us in this crisis in the first place.

August 3, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the Department of Labor's July employment report:

"As we continue to recover from the worst economic crisis since the great depression, today's jobs numbers are encouraging news. Yet the real story is that more work needs to be done – something that Republicans in Congress refuse to do.