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Real Gains in Jobs Building America Underscore the Need to Continue Moving Forward With Investment in Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure
Washington, D.C. (September 7, 2012) – Today’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a 34,000 increase in the number of construction jobs from July to August as the unemployment rate in the sector dipped from 12.3 percent to 11.3 percent. And the number of jobless construction workers between August 2011 and August 2012 decreased by 231,000.
Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement.
“Today’s jobs report shows that economic recovery is beginning to kick in for workers in one of the industries hardest hit by the Recession. For hundreds of thousands of working men and women in construction, August 2012 was a month of hope compared with August 2011. This progress underscores the need to continue with and strengthen the kinds of policies championed by the Obama Administration – investing in the crumbling basics of our country, such as our roads, bridges and transit systems, and matching workers who desperately need jobs to work that needs to be done.”