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CLYBURN COMMENTS ON DISMAL JOBS REPORT

January 9, 2009

H-329, The Capitol • Washington, DC • Kristie Greco • Contact: (202) 226-3210

January 9, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLYBURN COMMENTS ON DISMAL JOBS REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement in response to news that 524,000 jobs were lost in the month of December, increasing the jobless rate to 7.2 percent, the highest level in 16 years. In total, 2.6 million jobs were lost in 2008, the most since 1945.

“Our economy is slipping into the deepest economic crisis our country has seen since World War II and the jobless report released today only underscores the need for Congress to take swift action to arrest the current decline, jumpstart our economy and put American’s back to work. Now is not the time to point fingers and hold on to political ideology. Now is the time for Congress to come together and act quickly on an economic recovery and reinvestment package that focuses on creating and saving jobs and investing in road and bridge repair, school construction, upgrading community health centers and renewable energy.

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