The economic downturn has resulted in millions of lost jobs. While some jobs have returned, many Americas are still looking for the opportunity to get back to work. We can address this problem on two fronts. First, we must ensure that unemployment insurance is available as a lifeline for Americans who are actively looking for work. Second, we must pass legislation that creates public and private sector jobs, including the Local Jobs for America Act, which I co-authored. This proposed legislation will create one million public and private sector jobs, secure and strengthen our communities, and keep our economic recovery on track.