For Immediate Release
Media Outreach Department 202-637-5018.
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on January Jobs Numbers
WASHINGTON - It is certainly good news that the unemployment rate dropped for the
second consecutive month to 9%, but the current level of job growth is
nowhere near sufficient to sustain robust economic growth and put back
to work the millions of American workers whose lives have been put on
hold. It is crucial that we ramp up efforts to create new jobs and
ensure that the economic recovery can lift up America's workers – and
not just further enrich corporate CEOs and the super-rich.
The current jobs report underlines the absolute necessity of
President Obama's plan to invest now in infrastructure, education and
innovation to build our future and create good jobs.
That is why the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce have joined
together in support of the President's plan to invest in America and
create jobs – we need Democrats and Republicans in Congress to do the
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and laborers-and more.