April Jobs Numbers

While we must do more to bring down unemployment and spur economic growth, today’s jobs report is a sign that our economy is moving in the right direction. 268,000 private sector jobs were created in April, marking 14 straight months of private sector job gains:

Private Sector Jobs - April 2011

In total, 244,000 total jobs were added in April – the largest jump in nearly a year – with broad-based gains in retail trade, manufacturing, health care, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services:

All Jobs - April 2011

Leader Pelosi on today’s report:

Today’s jobs report is a sign our economy continues to move in the right direction, with more Americans going back to work. But we must do more. This is the time to invest in our future and America’s middle class to bring down unemployment and spur our economic growth.

The American people have made it clear that job creation is their top priority. Republicans have not offered a single jobs bill or rolled out a jobs agenda for 120 days. In fact, their actions have actually risked jobs.

Instead of acting to put people to work, Republicans have voted to end Medicare as we know it in order to give tax breaks to Big Oil, millionaires, and corporations that ship jobs overseas. It’s time to work together to create jobs, while responsibly reducing the deficit, strengthening the middle class, and growing the economy.

This week, House Democrats unveiled our “Make It in America” agenda for the 112th Congress. While the manufacturing sector has added a quarter of a million jobs since the end of 2009, it was hit particularly hard during the Bush Administration when America lost nearly a third of its manufacturing jobs:

Manufacturing Jobs April 2011

The American people have made it clear jobs should be our top priority, but in the last 122 days of their majority, Republicans have yet to bring a single jobs bill to the House floor. Now is the time to invest in our future and America’s middle class–Republicans should join us in supporting the “Make it in America” agenda to create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future. When we make it in America, America’s families can make it in America.

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