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Schumer Statement On New Jobs Numbers: Now Is Not The Time To Be Complacent

Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement today in response to the latest jobs report, warning Republicans that, with unemployment above 13% and an ongoing public health crisis, now is not a time to be complacent:

“With nearly 20 million people out of work and unemployment among African Americans increasing, now is not the time to be complacent or take a victory lap.

“Thirteen percent unemployment is not ‘joyous’ or ‘stupendous’ as President Trump has wrongly stated. The strong supports that Democrats fought for in the CARES Act, such as the enhanced unemployment insurance and PPP program, are set to expire and without additional government action the gains seen today could evaporate and slide the economy right back into a ditch.

“In order to avoid the risk of another great depression, Senate Republicans ought to stop sitting on their hands and work with Democrats to immediately pass legislation to make sure that everyone in America has the income and job security they need to feed their families and put a roof over their heads.”