WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a Senior Member on the House Appropriations Committee and lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies, issued the following statement on the December jobs numbers released today:
"The December jobs report revealed that the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7% last month, while 87,000 private-sector jobs were added, marking the 46th month of private sector job growth. Though these numbers fell far below expectations, there were extenuating circumstances contributing to the number—a record 273,000 individuals were unable to work due to bad weather.
"Despite a weak final jobs report for the year, we should be encouraged that over the course of 2013 the private sector created 2.2 million jobs, and we saw a steadily declining unemployment rate that fell 1.2% in 12 months. Yet while the larger picture remains optimistic, last month's numbers should be a signal to Congress that we must move more aggressively on policies to boost the economy, including raising the federal minimum wage and renewing unemployment insurance for the more than one million long-term unemployed Americans looking for work."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah