Pelosi Statement on January Jobs Report
Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 227,000 jobs in January, while wages rose by 2.5 percent over the last year. With 237,000 private sector jobs being added in January, the economy has added a total of 16 million private sector jobs since early 2010.
“January’s wage and jobs numbers are an emphatic capstone on the extraordinary economic legacy of President Barack Obama. President Obama inherited an economy in free fall, losing almost 600,000 jobs the month he took office alone. After eight years of leadership for hard-working families, President Obama has handed his successor an economy that is growing wages and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.
“Democrats believe we must build on this progress, and ensure it extends to everyone, everywhere in America. However, instead of focusing on creating jobs or raising wages, President Trump and the Republican Congress have declared all-out war on affordable health care. The Republican plan won’t make America great again, it will Make America Sick Again – and destroy more than 3 million jobs in the process.
“House Democrats will continue to demand the Republican Congress take real action to raise wages for working people – not pad the bank accounts of the privileged few. While President Trump prepares to loosen the rules on his Wall Street friends, Democrats will continue to fight for the men and women who lost their jobs, their homes and their savings in the last financial meltdown.”
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