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June Jobs Report Shows Progress But Not Full Potential
“It’s time to make infrastructure investment a national priority”
Washington, D.C. (July 5, 2013) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement about today’s jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The addition of 195,000 new jobs in June and upward revisions for April and May exceeded expectations. Construction reached its highest level of employment in four years with a gain of 13,000 jobs but still suffers from nearly double-digit unemployment at 9.8 percent.
“To make greater strides, we must reorder our nation’s priorities by turning away from the destructive and failed policies of austerity and focus on addressing the dual challenges of economic growth and job creation. We must make large-scale federal investments that generate good-paying middleclass jobs while simultaneously enhancing our nation’s mobility, productivity, safety and global competitiveness.
“It’s time to make infrastructure investment a national priority. Doing so will increase the economic vitality of working families across America while building the roads, bridges, highways, public transportation systems and other basic but critical public infrastructure that our country needs to succeed in the 21st Century.”