Press Release ● Jobs and Economy
For Immediate Release: 
August 7, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the July jobs report: 

“While I am relieved the unemployment rate fell slightly in July, there is little to celebrate.  At 10.2%, it is still above the worst month of the Great Recession, and the pace of job gains slowed again last month.  We are still a long way from a full recovery.  We are witnessing unprecedented levels of unemployment in the U.S., as there are still 17 million fewer Americans working full-time than when this crisis began, and 4 million more who can only find part-time work.  For twenty straight weeks, new weekly unemployment insurance claims were over one million, which has never happened in a single week before. The fact is, we are less than halfway out of a hole and our progress is slowing down.  Yet, as a result of Senate Republican obstruction, over 31 million Americans have lost the enhanced unemployment assistance that was helping them make ends meet.
 
“We must ensure America’s workers get the help they need to keep from going broke while we fight this pandemic.  That’s why House Democrats passed the Heroes Act nearly three months ago to continue the emergency measures that gave assistance to unemployed Americans and businesses, and to provide aid to state and local governments to keep teachers and first responders from losing their jobs. It is unconscionable that President Trump and Republicans allowed the expanded unemployment assistance to expire, taking that additional $600 support each week away from American families that need it most right now. They hit pause on relief efforts, and this crisis worsened. 

“I continue to urge Republicans to stop ignoring the crisis confronting us. They must work with us to reach an agreement now to restore vital assistance.  House Democrats will not abandon the working people of this country.”