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There is Serious Trouble in Paradise

Location: Washington, DC

THERE IS SERIOUS TROUBLE IN PARADISE -- (House of Representatives - July 21, 2009)


Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, where are the jobs? I rise today to discuss the rising unemployment in my congressional district of south Florida. Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data indicating that unemployment in Miami-Dade County was at nearly 11 percent. This represents a notable increase from 9.9 unemployment just last month.

Mr. Speaker, south Floridians are hurting. In Miami, workers in the food service and hotel industries have had their hours cut in half because of a reduction in tourism. These workers are working two, three jobs in order to pay the bills.

In the Florida Keys, recreational fishermen are docking their boats permanently as the industry grapples with one of its slowest seasons in history.

There is serious trouble in paradise as hardworking small businesses and middle-class families remain uncertain about their economic future. That is why it's imperative that this Congress gets serious about providing real solutions for our constituents. They cannot afford to wait because they are looking for jobs.


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