Today is Labor Day, and it’s traditional that the U.S. Secretary of Labor makes an address about the “State of the American Worker.” Our current Labor Secretary Hilda Solis posted her message on the department’s web site.
Here are some of her key points. What to you think of them?
She writes: “Many of you have told me that you want an America that ‘produces things again.’ You want a nation that is strong, that leads the international marketplace in innovation and a commitment to quality. And you want a government that is responsive, pragmatic and understands your needs. But more than anything else, no matter where I go and who I talk to, you’ve told me ‘we need jobs.’ “
The Obama Administration’s efforts, Solis says, keep us from sliding into another Great Depression. These efforts “reversed the dangerous trend of job loss in our country because just over a year ago, we were losing almost 700,000 jobs per month.” Now, employers have added an average of 90,000 jobs each month for the last seven months.
Solis argues that the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, SAVED millions of American jobs in the auto manufacturing industry. Those efforts also kept health care workers in clinics and community hospitals. They kept hundreds of thousands of teachers in classrooms, and police and firefighters on the beat—where they should be.”
Nonetheless, unemployment is still above 9%, she notes, and recognizes that it is much worse for “young people, people of color, and people in regions of the country hit hardest by the recession.”
This summer was supposed to be a turning point in our economic recovery.
Has the economy turned the corner in your area?
Has your area benefited from the Administration’s programs?
Tell us what’s going on where you live.
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