Today, the U.S. Department of Labor [DOL] announced that employers in almost every sector of work created a total 290,000 jobs in April -- the most jobs created in four years. U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu [D-La.], chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement on the announcement, pushing her committee's bipartisan small-business job creation package to keep the momentum:
"The numbers released by the Department of Labor are an encouraging sign that American companies -- from manufacturing and construction companies, to retailers and health services -- are putting people back to work.
"The number of jobs created last month is the highest we have seen in four years. That is great news, but there are still more than 15 million Americans out of work. This Congress must build on the extraordinary steps already taken to stabilize the financial system, provide for those searching for employment, and put even more people back to work.
"As chair of the Small Business Committee, I know that small business can pave the way for more job creation. We have put forth a package of bipartisan bills aimed at spurring small-business growth and job creation, and I am calling on members of Congress to swiftly adopt these measures and continue on the path to economic recovery."
Sen. Landrieu's complete package of proposals can be viewed at http://bit.ly/SmallBizJobs.
May 11: BLS to Hold Web Chat
On Tuesday, May 11, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, DOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics subject-matter experts will conduct a live Web chat to discuss national employment and unemployment data. They will answer as many questions as possible during the allotted time.
To join the discussion on the afternoon of May 11, go to www.bls.gov/chat/. Questions can also be submitted in advance through that link.
SOURCES: Organizing for America [chart], U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
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