Chairman Scott Statement on May Jobs Report

WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 559,000 jobs in May with the unemployment rate at 5.8 percent. 

“Today’s job report shows that the Biden-Harris economic plan is working and, if fully implemented, will produce a strong, shared recovery that benefits all Americans. The American Rescue Plan provided immediate relief to students, workers, families, and businesses and delivered the resources necessary to defeat the pandemic. But today’s report also shows that we still have a long road ahead to make up for the millions of jobs lost over the past 16 months. 

“With schools reopening, people getting back to work, and the virus in retreat, we must focus on building back an even better economy than before. The American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan would invest in our infrastructure, create millions of new jobs, and offer workers the skills and support they need to fill those jobs. 

“As this pandemic has demonstrated, access to a quality education, affordable child care, and paid family leave are part of the basic foundation that workers need to take part in the modern economy. We now have a chance to put that foundation in place and position ourselves for a better future. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue delivering on the Biden-Harris vision for a stronger America that gives everyone the opportunity to succeed.”


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