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Statement by Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum on February Jobs Report

March 9, 2012

There’s a lot of good news in today’s jobs report—a net 227,000 jobs added to our economy and other indicators pointing in the right direction. We’re encouraged by the steady growth in jobs.

But it’s too early to get complacent. An unemployment rate of 8.3 percent is still unacceptably high, and millions are still stuck in long-term unemployment. The continued loss of public-sector jobs is dragging down what should be a stronger recovery even as it hurts education and public safety in our communities. Republicans in Congress have held back jobs bills and can’t seem to pass a routine highway bill that construction workers depend on.

There’s a recovery underway, and we’re climbing out of the deep hole the recession put us in, but our 3 million members are looking to their elected officials to move the economy forward, not hold it back through inaction or misguided cuts.