PASCRELL STATEMENT ON RISE IN NEW JERSEY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today issued the following statement in regard to the increase in New Jersey's unemployment rate:
"With New Jersey's unemployment rate matching its highest level in two years, our state economy stands to take another hit if Republicans in Congress don't join Democrats to extend unemployment benefits for those seeking work. A temporary extension of unemployment benefits is a proven stimulus that has been implemented in the past to help America climb out of challenging economic conditions. It should be implemented again. I have fought hard in the House to approve a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits, and will continue to do so until the measure is marked with the President's signature. It is time the President and Republicans in Congress stop playing games and embrace a measure that history and leading economist tell us will stimulate the economy and help working class families."