U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) commented today on the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division report that the state's unemployment rate decreased to 9.4 percent in April, down from a March rate of 9.7 percent:
"Today's jobs announcement shows that our economy continues to move in the right direction, but we must continue working to put the hundreds of thousands of unemployed North Carolinians back to work. Jobs is my number-one priority, and the Senate reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is great news for North Carolina's economy because the Bank supports thousands of jobs and small businesses. My four favorite words are "Made in North Carolina,' and the Ex-Im Bank helps ship that label around the globe.
"This week I introduced legislation that will help small businesses grow by simplifying the application process when seeking federal assistance. Small businesses are powerful economic engines that employ almost half of North Carolina's private sector workforce, and we must ensure that we're helping them thrive. I will continue working to move our economy forward and supporting legislation that will put North Carolinians back to work."