FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Cities’ Jobs Response: Congress Must Commit to Partnering with Cities

August 3, 2012

The following statement is from Ted Ellis, President of the National League of Cities, and mayor of Bluffton, IN, in response to today's unemployment report:

"Despite the 163,000 jobs added in July, the 8.3% unemployment rate announced today is a continuing reminder of the nation's poorly performing economy. The rate will continue to remain too high without much-needed federal investments in human capital and physical infrastructure and a focus on getting our fiscal house in order.

"As Congress leaves Washington for recess, we hope they will use the time to listen to their constituents and hear the frustration that city leaders hear daily from unemployed and underemployed residents. City residents don't care about making political points - they just want jobs.

"When Congress reconvenes in September, besides passing a spending agreement to avoid a government shut down, they must begin to give real attention to the nation's fiscal crisis. The consequences of doing nothing and letting the sequester and the billions of dollars of automatic spending cuts that it calls for go into effect will do harm to our fragile recovery, our communities, and our residents.

"Leaders on the local level continue to do everything they can do to nurture a climate that allows for innovation and economic growth. Local governments need a full partner and real leadership from their federal counterparts in these efforts."

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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