From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: Bush Must 'Get Serious About Creating Jobs'

January 9, 2004

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics announcement that only 1,000 jobs were created in December, that 26,000 manufacturing jobs were lost, and that November's job growth was revised downward:

"Today's announcement is extremely disappointing. We had all hoped that the holiday shopping season would encourage retailers to hire more employees, and the Bush Administration had promised that 200,000 jobs would be created. Instead, a mere 1,000 jobs were created nationwide while manufacturing jobs continued to hemorrhage. The economy has lost nearly 3 million jobs under President Bush -- the first President to lose jobs since Herbert Hoover. Clearly, it is time for President Bush to get serious about creating jobs.

"For American workers, the real proof of an improving economy is whether they, their family, and their neighbors can find jobs, afford health care and achieve financial security. Democrats have a plan that would create more than one million jobs without adding one penny to the deficit.

"The President and Congress must act now to ensure that economic growth continues and that jobs are created for the nine million people still looking for work. We should pass the bipartisan manufacturing bill that creates jobs here at home, not overseas. We should expand the child tax credit for working families and extend unemployment benefits. And, we should pass a highway bill that creates jobs."




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