DNC Chairman Tim Kaine’s Statement on the March Jobs Report


This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the March jobs report.  According to that report, American employers added 216,000 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest in two years.  In response, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement:

 “In March, employers continued a strong trend of hiring, with signs of new economic growth across the country.  In fact, private sector employers have now added jobs for 13 consecutive months, illustrating a clear positive trend toward sustained economic recovery.  We still have a ways to go to reach that goal, but we are getting closer every month. 

"And this much should now be clear: a straight line can be drawn from the continuing improvement in the jobs numbers to the policies that President Obama and Democrats adopted over the past two years – tax cuts for small businesses and families, investments in job creating infrastructure and clean energy, health reform that is providing health care certainty to millions of Americans – all policies passed with virtually no Republican votes. 

“While Republicans continue to talk down the progress being made in the economy and reflexively oppose the President’s economic agenda to achieve their political ends – all while refusing to offer legislation to create jobs – the President and Democrats are fighting to win the future by doing what it takes to out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build our competitors around the globe.  It’s time for Republicans to stop the partisan fighting andjoin with President Obama and Congressional Democrats to move this important work forward.”