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Rep. Engel: October Jobs Report is Proof Economy on the Right Track

Rep. Engel: October Jobs Report is Proof Economy on the Right Track

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says the October jobs report provides further evidence the economy is on the right track, but reiterated the need to extend emergency unemployment insurance.

The monthly jobs report shows that employers added 214,000 jobs to the economy in October, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent from 5.9 percent.

“The numbers look good. Unemployment has been trending lower, and the October jobs report is further confirmation that our economy is on the right track,” said Congressman Eliot Engel. “We have been steadily digging ourselves out of the worst effects of the Great Recession. Economic recoveries don’t take place overnight, and it’s going to take more time for our economy to fully recover.

“Millions of Americans are still struggling to find work, but House Republicans have steadfastly refused to extend unemployment insurance to those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. I am again calling on Speaker Boehner to let the full Congress have a simple up-or-down vote on extending UI. If House Republicans are serious about putting people back to work and helping working Americans, then it’s time for them to allow a vote.”