Governor Kitzhaber issued the following Labor Day statement:
"Today I join all the men and women in Oregon who work so hard day after day and contribute so much to our state and to our economy. But as we celebrate this Labor Day, it is impossible to ignore that this is a painful time for many Oregon families and workers who continue to struggle to find work. And while we've made some progress -- creating 16,000 jobs since January -- we need to do much more. I want to assure you this Labor Day that I am focused on getting Oregonians back to work in all parts of our state, and I will continue to work tirelessly to improve our economy, helping to create good, family-wage jobs for all those who need one."