Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
May 6, 2022
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the April jobs report: 

"This morning's jobs report reminds us that we risk slowing our economic recovery unless we take active steps to keep up its strong pace.  In April, 428,000 new jobs were created, our unemployment rate remains at a low level of just 3.6%, and more Americans are launching small businesses and finding job opportunities than before the pandemic began.  Congress must keep taking proactive measures to address inflation and ensure that our economy can keep creating the good jobs that help American small business owners, workers, and their families access opportunities and achieve real economic security.
 
"The tools to keep up our recovery and accelerate its pace are within our grasp. Thanks to the Democratic-led American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we have created more than 8.3 million jobs since President Biden took office. However, we must keep going. In February, drawing heavily from the policies developed through my Make It In America agenda, the House passed the America COMPETES Act, with the Senate having passed a similar measure last year. This bipartisan legislation would address our supply chain issues and spur the creation of new jobs by reinvigorating America's manufacturing, innovation, and research industries as well as by investing in education and training that will equip our workers with the skills they need to prosper in good careers. It will also address inflation by helping to bring costs down and ensure that more of the products we buy are made right here in America.  This week, the Senate took a major step forward by appointing conferees to reconcile the differences with the House.  I hope Congress can send a final version to President Biden's desk as soon as possible. 
 
"To protect our economy as it returns to full strength, we must also pledge additional resources to stave off future variants of COVID-19. That's why House Democrats will continue working with the Senate to establish a path forward on President Biden’s request for additional COVID-19 relief.  The best way to safeguard the health of our economy is to ensure the health of our workers and their families."