Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today in response to the Labor Department's report that the economy added 227,000 jobs in February.
"This is the third consecutive month that the economy has added than 200,000 jobs. The economy is strengthening, and businesses are hiring again," Larsen said. "While this is undeniably a positive sign, I am under no illusions that our work is done. One of the biggest challenges we face is that more than 40 percent of those who are unemployed have been so for more than six months. We must keep aggressively pursuing new jobs.
"In Congress the number one thing we should do to create jobs is pass a robust transportation bill that invests in our future while creating jobs today. I am pleased the Senate is moving ahead with a bill that I believe we should take up and pass in the House this month. We must also maintain investments in manufacturing and seek new opportunities for American companies to export their products overseas. These actions will create jobs today and maintain American economic leadership in the world."