U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) commented on the country’s employment situation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 227,000 jobs in February with the national unemployment rate unchanged from January at 8.3 percent.
“We have seen gradual progress in our country’s employment picture over the past five months,” said Hagan. “But today’s jobs report is another reminder that in order to continue that positive trend, we can’t just rest on our laurels and wait for the economy to improve. That means that Congress must put partisanship aside and work together on commonsense solutions, like my America Works Act, to get unemployed Americans back on the job as quickly as possible,” she concluded.
Hagan said that there are positive signs that congress can join together to provide solutions. “I was encouraged that last month Democrats and Republicans came together to pass the middle class tax cut act, which will provide American families with more financial certainty when they need it most,” said Hagan. “This bill also continues critical unemployment insurance benefits through the end of the year.”
But more needs to be done, according to Senator Hagan. “That’s why I am traveling across the state on my North Carolina Back to Work Jobs Tour – visiting community colleges, small businesses, job fairs, manufacturing plants and workforce development offices – to hear ideas and concerns that will get the people of our state back to work right now,” she stated. “I am not willing to wait, and the 445,000 unemployed North Carolinians shouldn’t have to either.”