FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Erin Bzymek, email@example.com, 202-706-6916
WASHINGTON, DC (July 6, 2012) Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the June unemployment statistics, showing the economy gained only 80,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed at 8.2 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:
“We still have a lot more work to do to create jobs and restore economic growth. Renewing our long term commitments to transportation projects by passing a 27 month transportation bill was a step in the right direction but we cannot stop there.
“Renewing both the wind industry’s Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Advanced Energy Project Credit (48c) — a tax credit that was created to grow the domestic manufacturing industry for clean energy — are steps needed to overcoming what has been tepid job growth over the past few months. These proven job-creating investments will translate to millions of dollars in economic growth and thousands of jobs created and saved in both manufacturing and clean energy.”
“Both are components of our Jobs21! plan to create and save millions of good jobs. Today the average length of unemployment is 9 months, and that is far too long for families to go without a paycheck. Putting the PTC, 48c and the rest of our Jobs21! plan to work will put us back on a path to economic growth. We urge that Congress prioritize these important investments because we can’t afford to wait any longer.”
The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together eight major U.S. labor unions and four of America's most influential environmental organizations and unites 14 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.