For Immediate Release
Friday, July 08, 2011
Statement of AFSCME Pres. McEntee on the June Jobs ReportWashington, DC —
“Today’s jobs report highlights the painful folly of a ‘cut-to-grow’ philosophy now espoused by too many CEOs and elected officials at the state and national levels. The loss of 39,000 jobs in the public sector almost obliterated the job gains in the private sector. Nearly 600,000 public sector jobs have been lost since the so-called ‘end’ of the recession, with only anemic growth in the private sector. For millions of Americans, the hard times have become agonizing – and the ‘slash-and-burn’ impact of the new state budgets will soon be felt by all.
“Clearly, we cannot continue to cut our way out of this mess. The continued loss of public sector jobs means the loss of vital public services. It also means businesses lose customers when layoffs and other drastic measures have taken effect. We need to plan for significant re-investment in our towns and cities. Main Street Americans don’t think the recession has ended. This report proves they’re smarter than the economists who say it has.”