WASHINGTON, DC (November 8, 2013) – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the October unemployment statistics, showing the economy added 204,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.3 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:
“Despite all of the economic turbulence caused by Congress recently, adding over 200,000 jobs is a sign of economic strength.
“While we have overcome the latest manufactured crisis, meeting the needs of working families, creating jobs and growing the economy should continue to be the highest priority over the next year. The path to prosperity means making investments in the basic systems we rely on everyday—like roads, transit and the electric grid—to create family-sustaining jobs and better protect communities from the effects of climate change.
“If Congress sets its sights on passing the pro-growth policies that work for us all and create jobs—not partisan gridlock—we have a better shot at sustainable long-term success.”