Washington, DC - The following statement is from Marie Lopez Rogers, President of the National League of Cities, and Mayor of Avondale, AZ in response to today's unemployment report:
"Today's unemployment numbers show that the economy continues to perform poorly. This mirrors what city officials have told NLC: that unemployment remains a huge concern locally and that businesses in cities need skills that local residents do not have.
"The nation cannot fully recover if our local economies do not rebound, and they cannot recover if large numbers of our residents are left behind. Job growth will continue to stagnate without much-needed federal investments in human capital and physical infrastructure.
"We need common sense leadership that understands that the nation needs healthy cities. This will not happen by cutting our way to prosperity. Austerity budgets do not work. While the nation needs to get its fiscal house in order, we need to ensure that we make strategic cuts while still making much-needed investments in our local communities.
"We need to invest in the American people in our communities."
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.