Chairman Scott Statement on April Jobs Report

WASHINGTON Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 428,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate remained the same at 3.6 percent. 

“Today’s jobs report reflects another outstanding month of job growth and economic recovery. Under President Biden’s economic agenda and the investments Congress made through the American Rescue Plan, our economy has added 8.3 million jobs and the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.6 percent. Moreover, a recent report by the Department of Labor suggests that workers are leaving their jobs for better career opportunities in record numbers.

“To ensure all workers can access more rewarding careers—and to ensure businesses have a qualified workforce—we must continue to invest in workforce development programs. That’s why, earlier this week, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and I visited Thomas Nelson Community College and The Apprentice School in Hampton Roads. Both schools have a legacy of preparing workers for better-paying jobs and serve as national examples for the power of workforce training.

“Moving forward, I am committed to delivering the House-passed America COMPETES Act to President Biden’s desk. This legislation would create one million Registered Apprenticeship opportunities and help more workers earn a decent wage. Last month, the Committee also advanced the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2022 which would more than double the annual funding for WIOA’s core programs and emphasize serving all job seekers equitably with placement in high-quality, good paying jobs.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue securing a stronger America that allows everyone to succeed.”


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