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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Bobby Scott (3rd District of Virginia)

Headline: Chairman Scott Statement on September Jobs Report

October 4, 2019

Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 136,000 jobs in September and the unemployment fell to 3.5 percent.

“Today’s jobs report raises serious concerns about the consequences of a prolonged trade war for American workers. Even before the president provoked a needless trade war with China, working-class and middle-class workers were struggling to cover the rising costs of housing, child care, and college. Estimates now indicate that President Trump’s trade war has already cost 300,000 American jobs—and job losses are projected to reach 450,000 by the end of the year if it is not resolved.

“The Obama administration, which inherited an economy in freefall, oversaw more total non-farm job growth in its last 32 months than the Trump administration in its first 32 months. Moreover, a recent federal analysis revealed that during 2018 and early 2019, 500,000 fewer jobs were created than originally reported.

“The threat of an economic slowdown adds even more urgency for Congress to pass legislation that supports workers and their families. Over the last nine months, House Democrats have passed multiple pieces of legislation to help improve the lives of working families—including the Raise the Wage Act, which graduallyincreases the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025 and would give up to 33 million workers a raise.

“It’s time for Senate Republicans and the Trump administration to give workers the raise and financial security they deserve.”

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