U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) released the following statement after employment statistics showed that the economy created 117,000 jobs in July and the unemployment rate inched down to 9.1 percent.
“Not nearly enough,” said Hagan. “North Carolina's unemployment rate is almost 10%. As North Carolinians struggle simply to provide for their families, I fear that Washington, where the unemployment rate is nearly five points lower than the rate in Charlotte, doesn't understand the desperation gripping the rest of the country. And that’s just one city in North Carolina; many of our counties face unemployment rates up to three times that of the Washington, DC, rate. The American people want bipartisan consensus on bold solutions to the jobs crisis. Sadly, Washington politicians would rather fight one other than fight for jobs. Today’s employment numbers highlight, once again, the need for Republicans, Democrats and Independents to join together on commonsense measures that will help improve dramatically the economic climate for businesses to grow and create jobs.
“Washington needs to consider any creative, short-term measure that will put Americans back to work. For example, I have introduced the bipartisan Hire a Hero Act to combat the rising rate of unemployed veterans – an unacceptable 12.4 percent last month – and also the AMERICA Works Act to create a nationally portable, industry-recognized manufacturing credential to connect skilled workers with job openings. Another such initiative worthy of consideration is a well-crafted and temporary change to our tax code that encourages American companies to bring money home and put it towards capital, investment, and -- most importantly – American jobs. Bottom line: My mind is open to anything that puts Americans back to work."