AFL-CIO response to unemployment numbers

It is certainly good news that the unemployment rate dropped for the second consecutive month to 9%, but the current level of job growth is nowhere near sufficient to sustain robust economic growth and put back to work the millions of American workers whose lives have been put on hold. It is crucial that we ramp up efforts to create new jobs and ensure that the economic recovery can lift up America's workers – and not just further enrich corporate CEOs and the super-rich.

The current jobs report underlines the absolute necessity of President Obama's plan to invest now in infrastructure, education and innovation to build our future and create good jobs.

That is why the AFL-CIO and the Chamber of Commerce have joined together in support of the President's plan to invest in America and create jobs – we need Democrats and Republicans in Congress to do the same.

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