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For Immediate Release

Friday, September 02, 2011

Zero Gained, 15,000 Lost

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on employment numbers issued by the U.S. Department of Labor

Washington, DC — 

“The news of zero job creation is an economic earthquake that should shake Washington lawmakers to their core. Fifteen thousand jobs lost in the public sector means the economy remains stagnant. Those nurses, teachers and firefighters who are vital to the safety and well-being of our families and communities are now off the street, out of the classroom and out of hospitals, and on an unemployment line. Politicians seem more interested in attacking working families and posturing over when a jobs program should be presented rather than putting America back to work. As Congress comes back to work next week, they should be reminded of the millions on the unemployment lines, and stop the games, create jobs, and rebuild the American Dream.”

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