Rangel Statement on December Jobs Report
New York, NY -- Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents the 13th Congressional District that includes Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, released the following statement after the Department of Labor reported that the U.S. economy added 292,000 jobs in December. The unemployment rate remained steady at 5 percent, the lowest since 2008; December represents the 70th consecutive month of private sector job growth and a total of more than 13 million jobs:
"The December Jobs Report confirms our economy continues to make historic progress, adding another month to the longest uninterrupted period of private sector job growth. With hundreds of thousands of people going back to work, the unemployment rate at 5.0% remains its lowest in seven years. However, with Black unemployment this month at 8.3%, Hispanic unemployment at 6.3%, and youth unemployment rising to 16.1%, it's clear that our economic recovery is not being felt equally among all Americans.
Instead of focusing on improving our economy, House Republicans have spent the week railing against President Barack Obama's executive actions on gun control and voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 62nd time. Despite Republican opposition, I have been working with my Democratic Colleagues to pass legislation that will continue our economic recovery and provide healthcare and access to women's health services for millions of Americans.
As the Jobs Report shows, it is clear that the economic picture continues to grow brighter. Yet, there are still many Americans who are struggling with unemployment and underemployment. Getting people back to work is vital to our economy, but so is raising the federal minimum wage. I applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for their efforts to raise the New York State and City minimum wage to $15 an hour. No one working full time should struggle to pay rent or put food on the table. I am proud to support the FightFor15 campaign and to be a cosponsor for the new Raise the Wage Act. I will continue to fight for more jobs and opportunities for my constituents and hard working families across our great nation.”