Pittsburgh, PA – September 27, 2012 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-14) welcomed news today that the number of jobs created over the last four years now exceeds the number of the jobs lost over that same period of time.
“More than 4.6 million private sector jobs have been created over the last four years,” Congressman Doyle observed. “That’s more than the number of jobs lost over that same period of time.”
“We’ve now had 30 straight months of private sector job growth,” he added. “While millions of Americans are still looking for work, that’s still very welcome news.”
“The Obama Administration’s economic policies contributed significantly to the job creation and economic growth that’s currently under way,” Congressman Doyle said. “There’s still more to do, however, and we’d be a lot farther along in terms of job creation if Republicans in Congress hadn’t worked so hard over the last four years to block, dilute, and discredit those policies.'
“Many Democrats in Congress, myself included, believed that the Recovery Act should have been substantially larger – and should have included more investment in our nation’s infrastructure,” Congressman Doyle noted, “but we had to cut it back to get the Republican votes that Democrats in the Senate needed to pass it. The president’s jobs act has been stuck in Congress now for over a year due to Republican opposition. And the House Republican Leadership refused to even bring up a transportation jobs bill that passed the Senate with widespread bipartisan support. The pattern of Republican obstructionism is clear.”
The U.S. Department of Labor released a report
today revising preliminary estimates of the number of jobs created between April 2011 and March 2012 upward by 386,000. This revision brings the total number of jobs created since January 2009 to 4.6 million, which exceeds the number of jobs lost since then by 125,000.
“Millions of Americans still need jobs, and Democrats have proposed a number of bills to create more jobs – like President Obama’s American Jobs Act,” Congressman Doyle added. “On the other hand, Congressional Republicans have offered dozens of bills with the word “jobs” in the titles, but none of these bills would actually do much to create new jobs.”
“Job creation is my top priority in Congress, and I will continue to work with anyone in the House who wants to enact real job-creation legislation that helps the millions of Americans who are looking for work and struggling to make ends meet.”