San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 169,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in August, the lowest since December 2008. With businesses adding 152,000 jobs, this marks the 42nd consecutive month of private sector job growth.
“While today’s jobs report is a step forward, the pace of economic progress is too slow for too many Americans who are struggling to find jobs and make ends meet. Congress must act to create good-paying jobs, expand the economy, and ensure that hardworking families gain the economic security they deserve.
“Now is the time for Members of Congress to put forward solutions that invest in job creation, small business growth, and education—the pillars of a 21st century economy. House Democrats remain focused on these priorities, including our ‘Make It In America’ and ‘When Women Succeed, America Succeeds’ agendas to protect and promote economic opportunities for middle class families. Unfortunately, House Republicans have ignored this responsibility by refusing to produce a single jobs bill, rejecting efforts to compromise on a budget, and allowing Americans to languish under devastating sequester cuts that jeopardize the economic security we are supposed to protect.
“Congressional Republicans must put aside political obstruction and start working with Democrats to deliver a budget that will create jobs, expand the economy, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit. Democrats are working to move our country forward in building a strong economy that delivers the bright and boundless future that every American deserves.”