Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (HI-02) released the following statement today on the U.S. Department of Labor's report that the nation's economy added 114,000 jobs in September, dropping the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent. These job gains continue 31 straight months of private sector job growth, amounting to 5.2 million new jobs:
"These difficult economic times have been painful for many middle class families, yet people across our state continue to show their fighting spirit. They've inspired me to keep fighting alongside Hawaii's own President Obama to keep our country on track to a full economic recovery.
"Although we see more people back to work and unemployment at the lowest level since January 2009, the real questions are how we move forward from here and what can we do to pick up the pace. Let's pass President Obama's American Jobs Act, which would create millions of jobs, lower the deficit, and help get construction workers, teachers, and first responders back to work. Let's extend the middle class tax cut that has already passed the Senate. And let's pass my bipartisan VISIT USA Act, which could create 6,000 jobs in Hawaii alone through common sense visa reforms.
"We are moving in the right direction, so let's keep the momentum going and take real action for the people of Hawaii and the rest of our nation."