Fixing infrastructure and finding jobs
July 20, 2012
The Commonwealth Institute reports, "Virginia's unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent in June, following several months of no change, and the state added only 3,300 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The change in Virginia's unemployment rate comes despite a small drop in the size of Virginia's labor force and was caused by the number of unemployed workers in Virginia growing by 4,600 to 246,200."
Progressive Point: Virginia needs more good jobs and leaders committed to creating them. But Gov. McDonnell and conservatives in Washington's first priority is playing politics and protecting CEO's, corporate profits, and their friends in the 1%. Our Commonwealth's leaders need to set aside politics and put the people of Virginia first.
We badly need to fix the roads and bridges that keep our Commonwealth's economy running--and put Virginians back to work rebuilding them. That puts more money in the pockets of working Virginians and more customers in our stores--and that means more jobs. But Bob McDonnell has failed to act and Washington conservatives keep fighting against building infrastructure that will put people to work--while they go to the mat for infrastructure that will make foreign oil companies billions. Virginia has a long way to go, and politicians protecting the profits of corporate donors are not getting us there.
Get the Facts: via The Commonwealth Institute: