Maloney Statement on January 2019 Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Vice Chair designate of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced 304,000 jobs were added in January:
“It’s heartening to see continued strong job growth, despite the recent shutdown. However, the numbers mask the economic pain of 800,000 government workers and many more contractors who had to scramble to pay bills without paychecks as well as the millions of Americans who were affected in one way or another by the longest government shutdown in history. We won’t know the full impact of the shutdown for some time and the President is making matters worse by refusing to take another shutdown off the table.
“At a time when workers’ wages have finally begun to move higher, our focus must be on keeping that progress going. We cannot afford self-inflicted damage from a shutdown and other reckless economic policies. It’s imperative that Congress do as much as possible to create an environment where workers' wages move up alongside gains in corporate profits and productivity. Promoting competition, boosting the minimum wage and strengthening worker bargaining power are all actions we should take to boost incomes.”