WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the January 2016 jobs numbers released today:
"The numbers released today show that 158,000 private sector jobs were added in January and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9%—the lowest on record since February 2008. This is a positive first jobs report of the year, and continues to demonstrate that our economy is back on track, businesses are creating jobs, and wages are rising. Further, the January report extends the longest streak of job growth on record, now at 71 months.
"We know that there is always more we can do to lift our economy and expand economic opportunities for the middle-class. Next week the President is set to release a budget that will highlight necessary investments in education, research, innovation, and infrastructure. I hope that my colleagues in Congress will work together with the Administration to advance these priorities and focus on policies and programs that can sustain the United States' economic growth in the years ahead."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah