WASHINGTON, April 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on the March 2016 jobs numbers released today:
"This month's job report indicates more good news for the American economy. In March, 195,000 private sector jobs were added. With these numbers, the United States has now extended the longest streak of job growth on record, now at 73 months with 14.4 million jobs added in this time period. The March report also showed that labor force participation grew for the fourth consecutive month.
"We are seeing strong signs across the board, which signals good news for our middle-class workers and families. In addition to labor force participation rising, growth in aggregate weekly earnings is accelerating as a result of rising real wages.
"These tangible results are due to wide-ranging efforts by the Administration and Congress to support job training resources for Americans looking to return to work and find high wage positions in emerging sectors. But we must do more, and we must continue to advocate for an increased federal minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage is an issue I am committed to, and I am proud to have joined my Democratic colleagues in supporting legislation that would lift the minimum wage to $15, boosting the quality of life for millions of hard-working American families."
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