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For Immediate Release

Friday, June 04, 2010

“Congress Must Act Immediately on Jobs”

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee in response to today’s unemployment announcement

Washington, DC — 

“Today’s report that the private sector created fewer than 45,000 new jobs in May should serve as a wake-up call to Congress that the federal government must do significantly more to avoid a “double dip” recession. The loss of 22,000 state and local government jobs in May is a clear sign that Congress must act immediately to avoid the loss of hundreds of thousands more jobs in the coming months. Without substantial federal assistance to cash-starved state and local governments, budget cuts will begin in July, halting job-growth in its tracks.

“This is an emergency that requires immediate action.  Experts predict a loss of nearly one million jobs in the coming months if the Senate and House fail to help the states now. The loss of those jobs will increase the deficit as more workers turn to the government for help. The only way to reduce the deficit is to save and create jobs. While budget deficits matter, jobs have to come first.”