In early 2009, nearly 60 percent of constituents who responded to an e-newsletter survey indicated that the economic crisis' impact on them was such that they were okay at the time but worried about what would happen to them if the economy continued to worsen. At the same time, more than 55 percent believed that the worst of the economic crisis would be over by early 2011.
Today's unemployment numbers from the Department of Labor indicate the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent during the month of August. Unfortunately, the report also showed that "both the civilian labor force (154.6 million) and the labor force participation rate (63.5 percent) declined in August." That is a new 30 year low in civilian participation in the workforce. With fewer Americans working in August than in July, it is clear that the recovery has not been near what our nation expected and still needs.
Moreover, the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns that the upcoming fiscal cliff our nation faces on January 1, 2013 could send us into a second recession, with depressed economic output and even higher unemployment.
Will you please let me know what you would like to see your government do in the coming months to address our economic problems? Please answer the short survey below and feel free to share the survey with family and friends who wish to participate by entering their e-mail addresses in the "Tell a Friend" box.
You can also read my jobs plan online at http://lungren.house.gov/jobs.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Daniel E. Lungren
Member of Congress