Unemployment Numbers Reveal Americans are Treading Water: Not Enough New Jobs

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Liz Rose, 202-587-1638, lrose@ourfuture.org

Unemployment Numbers Reveal Americans are Treading Water: Not Enough New Jobs

Statement from Robert Borosage co-director of Campaign for America’s Future

WASHINGTON - Robert Borosage, co-director of Campaign for America’s Future reacted to today's unemployment numbers. Statement from Robert Borosage:

"The February jobs report showing an increase of 192,000 jobs, with increased employment in virtually all sectors, provides welcome news. But don’t break out the bubbly. The reality is still sobering. The unemployment rate and the number of unemployed remain unchanged. 24.7 million workers are unemployed or underemployed.

"We aren’t sinking, but we’re still treading water. Over the past year, we’ve gained 1.3 million jobs, or an average of 106,000 a month. As Fed Chair Ben Bernanke testified, this is not sufficient to employ the new people coming into the labor market, much less begin to recover the 8.5 million jobs lost in the Great Recession.

"Moreover, the head winds that the economy faces are still fierce. State and local government employment declined in February, with more layoffs certain to come at all levels of government. If the budget cuts passed by the House are enacted into law, the loss of jobs at the federal level alone, projected at 700,000 by Goldman Sachs would erase more than three months gains at the February’s rate. And, of course, the February figures do not reflect the effects of the rising price of oil and gas coming out of the turmoil in the Middle East. Turning to austerity now will sap the fragile momentum the economy has.

"Mass unemployment, with record levels of long-term unemployment, is a human and social calamity. In February, we stopped losing ground. But the economy is still a long way from a recovery that working families can experience."

The Campaign for America's Future (CAF) is a center for ideas and action that works to build an enduring majority for progressive change. The Campaign advances a progressive economic agenda and a vision of the future that works for the many, not simply the few. The Campaign is leading the fight for America's priorities - for good jobs and a sustainable economy, and for strengthening the safety net.

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The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.

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