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Declining Jobless Rate Continues to Lift Hopes of Construction Workforce

Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2012) – As the national unemployment rate declined in September amid the 24th straight month of job growth, Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, made the following statement:

“With the unemployment rate now at its lowest rate in more than three years, one thing is certain: now is not the time to turn back policies that are working. While joblessness in the construction industry remains too high at 11.9 percent, things are heading in the right direction.

“Today’s jobs report is instructive for next month’s election. We must continue with President Obama’s policies of support for creating jobs that build America – our transportation systems, energy systems and public facilities, such as schools. Candidate Romney would put the brakes on caring for the country’s basic infrastructure, all for the sake of tax breaks for corporations and the rich.”