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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Statement on February Jobs Report

March 8, 2013
Press Release

Hartford – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's February employment report. The report showed that the U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, with unemployment dropping to 7.7 percent:

"The recent drop in the national unemployment rate, along with the addition of 236,000 jobs, is encouraging. Yet even as the nation steadily recovers, Americans are still struggling in this challenging economic climate. Many are searching for a job while others are now forced to deal with the recent across-the-board cuts to programs and services across the country.

"In yet another demonstration of politics over people, House Republican Leadership refused to act on a plan that would have averted cuts to education, job training, the military and more. While our national debt is an issue that must be dealt with, Congress has a responsibility to invest in the programs and services that grow our economy and put people back to work. I am committed to working with both sides of the aisle on a fair and balanced plan that will enhance our economy's ability to grow, and give Americans the support they need to find a job."