U.S. Senator Kay Hagan commented today on the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor and Economic Analysis Division report that the state's unemployment rate remains unchanged in June at 9.4 percent.
"Our unemployment rate has remained unchanged for three consecutive months now. This is a reminder that we need to do more to get North Carolina's unemployment rate moving in the right direction. And we need to continue working on solutions that will get the people of our state back to work - not next year, not after the elections in November, but right now. I have been crisscrossing the state on my North Carolina Back to Work Jobs Tour for the past several months to focus on action and ideas that will get North Carolinians back on the job as quickly as possible. Today, for the 17th stop on my jobs tour, I am hosting a Jobs Summit with our state's top leaders in commerce, workforce development and education to focus on improving current and future job creation efforts in North Carolina.
"The more than 400,000 people who are unemployed in our state cannot wait for action on jobs. That is why last week, I was proud to support the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act in the Senate. The legislation would provide tax relief for small businesses - the engines of economic growth - to help them hire more workers this year. Unfortunately, though, partisan politics kept this bill from moving forward in the Senate. However, my top priority is job creation, and I will continue fighting for policies that create a better environment for our state's businesses to grow and get the people of North Carolina back to work."