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Rep. Engel Encouraged by Another Month of Jobs Growth in August

Rep. Engel Encouraged by Another Month of Jobs Growth in August

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was encouraged by still greater progress in job creation during the month of August, but believes more needs to be done to put Americans back to work.

August marked the 66th consecutive month of private sector job growth, with the U.S. economy adding 173,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent and average hourly wages rose by a better than expected 0.3 percent.

“The August jobs report showed that our economy and is continuing to show improvement, though not nearly as quickly as we would like,” Congressman Engel said. “The unemployment rate has dropped to levels we have not seen since before the economy cratered. American businesses are hiring. But government needs to do more to create jobs.

“In less than 2 months, funding for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) will run out, bringing many important infrastructure projects to a screeching halt. Funding for the Trust Fund is an absolute no-brainer—by rebuilding our crumbling transportation system, we keep America running while creating a lot of good paying jobs along the way. Sadly, Republican leadership has once again decided to govern by manufactured crisis, and has delayed any attempts to come to a long-term funding solution for the program in a cynical negotiation ploy. The country cannot continue to endure these ridiculous sideshows. We need to commit to fully funding The Highway Trust Fund long-term, as 30,000 jobs are created for every $1 billion in federal highway and transit. We can, and we must, pass a long-term infrastructure bill to provide for real job growth.”