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[PR]: Sen. Graham: South Carolina Unemployment Rates Hits 9.5 Percent

January 27, 2009

South Carolina Unemployment Rates Hits 9.5 Percent [Podcast, MP3 Audio]

WASHINGTON – U.S Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on news the South Carolina unemployment rate for December has risen to 9.5 percent.

“These are not just numbers on a piece of paper. These are real people – our friends, neighbors, family members who are suffering in these difficult economic times. We see the signs of the economic slowdown in our towns and communities as businesses both big and small, lay off workers or simply shut their doors.

“The current recession is as painful as any we have faced in decades. Our economy, both in South Carolina and across the nation, continues to shed jobs at an alarming pace. In December another 22,000 South Carolinians lost their jobs and for the first time in our state’s history more than 200,000 people are now out of work.

“Just yesterday, over 65,000 jobs cuts were announced by some of the most respected and well-known companies in our country. It seems hardly a day goes by when some company does not announce additional layoffs and I fear the end is not yet in sight.

“So where do we go from here? I don’t believe Congress and the President can solve all of our economic problems nor should we try. But I do believe we can get the ball moving in the right direction with the passage of a responsible stimulus package that contains the appropriate mix of tax cuts and spending on infrastructure projects. If the tax cuts or spending do not create jobs in the near term, they should not be in the stimulus package.

“South Carolinians expect their elected officials to stand up and address the most difficult issues facing our nation. Today, none are more pressing than the current economic situation.

“I have made it clear I am ready to work in a bipartisan fashion to get our economy moving again. I will continue to speak with and work with Obama Administration and my Senate colleagues on an economic stimulus package that creates jobs and puts people back to work. South Carolinians expect and deserve nothing less.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2009 12:23 pm

    The 9.5 percent unemployment rate listed for South Carolina is not true for African Americans. The unemployment rate among African Americans is depressing, more like a Depression, 19 percent. In the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina the unemployment rate is the highest in the state. For example, in Mairon County, the unemployment rate is 19 percent. Using the formular for determining underexployment, Marion County has an underemployment rate of 38 percent. Again when the formular is applied to African Americans, the unemployment rate is twice that of Whites, therefore, the unemployment rate of African American in Mairon County is 38 percent with the underemployment rate of 76 percent. Because of this critical problem in South Carolina, the population of the Poor is growing rappedly. A Poor People Campaign is afoot, and host a Poor People March and Rally in Lamar, South Carolina on April 4, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. People are asked to bring non-perishable goods to give to the people that have no food. The Lamar Police Department is working with The Way Movement Civil Rights Consortium. The Poor People In America have Suffered Enough!

  2. Anarda Castro permalink
    July 28, 2009 6:08 pm

    After I knew that you are going to vote for the Judge Sotomayor I got a question for you:Why are you voting
    against your fellow Americans?Don’t you know that she
    is against the white people?

    A Cuban-American.

  3. Anarda Castro permalink
    July 28, 2009 6:12 pm

    To Senator Lindsey Graham

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