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For Immediate Release

Friday, October 08, 2010

Jobs Numbers Would Have Been Worse If Republicans Had Prevailed

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on September jobs numbers

Washington, DC — 

“Today’s employment numbers send a clear signal that Wall Street isn’t doing its part to put America back to work. While U.S. companies sit on a record $1.8 trillion in cash, the private sector added fewer than 64,000 new jobs last month. At the same time, nearly 159,000 public-sector jobs were eliminated, including more than 75,000 jobs cut by local governments.

“300,000 additional jobs could have been lost if Republicans had succeeded in blocking President Obama’s effort to provide more than $25 billion in funding to states and communities in August. That funding will help protect jobs and services during our current economic crisis. Remember, only four Republicans in the entire Congress supported the effort to protect the jobs of tens of thousands of public sector workers.”

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