Rep Engel: Jobs Report Shows Continued Progress, But UI Extension Still Needed

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, says the latest jobs report shows the economy continues to pick up steam, but emphasizes the need to extend unemployment insurance for those still looking for work. The U.S. economy added 113,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent.

“The economy is clearly rebounding. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest levels in 64 months, since October 2008, and I am hopeful we’ll continue to see steady job growth in the coming months.  My concern is with the estimated 137,315 New Yorkers who haven’t yet found work, but have been cut off from unemployment insurance. The economy simply isn’t growing fast enough for them, or the 1.7 million Americans nationwide, who find themselves in the same situation,” said Representative Engel.

“Unemployment insurance is a safety net that enables workers to put food on the table, keep their homes warm and their lights on as they continue searching for their next job. I am calling my GOP colleagues to allow a vote to continue this critical assistance. We still have a historically high level of unemployed from the Great Recession of 2008 who need our help.”