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Rep. Engel: June Jobs Numbers Continue Positive Economic Trend

Rep. Engel: June Jobs Numbers Continue Positive Economic Trend

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the June jobs report showed the U.S. economy is continuing to move in the right direction. The U.S. economy added 233,000 new jobs in June, with the unemployment rate dropping to 5.3 percent, its lowest level in seven years. The strong gains marked the 64th  consecutive month of private sector job growth.  

“June was yet another month of solid job growth, and I am encouraged by the continuing downward trend in unemployment,” Congressman Engel said. “As we head full-steam into the summer, it appears our economy has rebounded strong from a difficult winter. But more needs to be done to improve stagnant wages and economic opportunities for every American.

“The House GOP is stuck in this mindset that if they promote outdated fiscal policies, like privatization of Social Security or mindless austerity, somehow our economy will grow. These ideas are not only counterproductive to economic growth, they’re also dangerous. Instead, we should be raising the minimum wage, investing in our roads and bridges, and making it easier for families to save for college and retirement. I urge Speaker Boehner to support an economic agenda that puts America back to work.”