WASHINGTON, DC (December 6, 2013) – Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled the November employment situation, showing the economy added 203,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7 percent. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:
“This is the kind of economic progress that’s a credit to the hard-working people across the country who day in and day out want to continue to see the U.S. economy come out on top. Their skills and innovative spirit have paved the way forward, but we must continue to invest in workers, their families and communities if we hope to sustain our recovery.
“When the building blocks of the economy are stronger—when unemployment is shrinking and the manufacturing sector is growing—we all win. Growth in the manufacturing sector of 27,000 jobs and the construction sector of 17,000 jobs especially have shown we’re building a stronger foundation every day.
“We can capitalize on that by finding more ways to prioritize investments in America’s infrastructure—like roads, bridges, the electrical grid and wastewater systems—which is the backbone of the economy. Strategic investments in repairing these systems will make sure we can protect communities from the impacts of climate change, produce the goods and services that allow us to outcompete the world, and prosper for a long time to come.”