Congressman Derek Kilmer released the following statement after the Department of Labor released its jobs report for March. The Department of Labor announced that the economy gained 88,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in March. This is the 37th consecutive month of private sector growth.
"While I'm glad the private sector continues to add jobs, our rate of growth is far off the mark of where we need it to be. As someone with a professional background in economic development, I know we can't allow our growth to slow down even further or stall. That's why Congress needs to replace the across-the-board cuts that went into effect at the start of March. This jobs report should send a clear message that it's time for both parties to put aside their differences and come together to focus on job-creating measures and replacing the across-the-board cuts with a balanced, long-term plan for our budget problems that puts folks to work and grows our economy."