WASHINGTON, DC (March 8, 2013) Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the February unemployment numbers, showing the economy gained 236,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent. The manufacturing sector stood out also, adding 14,000 jobs. The following is a statement from BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster:
“The unemployment numbers released today show America is making progress — especially in creating and bringing back good manufacturing jobs — but we still need to keep the debate about how best to create good jobs at the forefront of our national agenda. We cannot allow the reckless, sweeping budget cuts that have begun to take effect to overshadow the pressing need to create jobs and tackle the challenge of climate change.
“Getting our country ready for climate change is a huge opportunity to create millions of good jobs, while protecting our families and communities. We should be renewing investments in clean energy and working towards curbing carbon pollution. Revitalizing roads, rails, energy and water infrastructure will help move people and goods more efficiently, and stimulate American manufacturing.
“By following through on these investments, Congress can clear the obstacles blocking our way to even more progress and keep the American economy on steady ground.”