Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-36) released the following statement regarding news this morning that the US economy added 243,000 jobs in January with the unemployment rate falling to 8.3%:
"Our economy is steadily climbing out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Companies are hiring in even greater numbers and January marks the 23rd consecutive month of private sector job growth. In addition pay is increasing for workers and fewer Americans are filing for unemployment benefits."
"But we can't let today's news distract us from the hard work that remains to be done to get the economy back on its feet. 12.8 million Americans remain unemployed, millions for longer than six months."
"Right now Congress should immediately pass a full year extension of the payroll tax cut and extend unemployment benefits. This will keep money in the pockets of Americans to help keep the economy growing."
"Additionally we must invest in infrastructure, education and clean energy which will spur further economic growth and job creation now and well into the future. I'm also focused on working with our ports, through the bipartisan PORTS caucus, to develop one of the most significant economic engines we have."