KENNEDY ON JOB LOSSES
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, issued the following statement in response to today's jobs numbers showing that 20,000 more jobs were eliminated in April, for a total of 260,000 jobs lost this year. The unemployment rate is now 5.0%.
"There seems to be no end in sight for the barrage of bad news for working families. This recession continues to cost Americans their jobs, their homes, and their savings, and Republican opposition is blocking them from the relief they urgently need. Congress should immediately grant additional weeks of unemployment benefits to the growing number of jobless Americans whose current benefits are running out. Workers have paid into the unemployment insurance system all their lives, and it's unconscionable to deny them the benefits they need and deserve."