Cities’ Jobs Response: Immigration Reform and Targeted Investments Can Provide Needed Boost to Economy

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 June's unemployment report:

"Today's unemployment report shows continued job growth, but at a rate that is too slow and will leave millions unemployed for the foreseeable future. Our nation must look to find ways to create growth through strategic, targeted investments in our communities and the residents.

"Washington must pursue legislation that will create opportunities for immediate growth and set a foundation for growth over decades to come. We continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform that will allow millions of people to come out of the shadows and fully contribute to the national economy. The nation also needs to make sensible investments in our nation's physical infrastructure and human capital. This is about jobs!

"Now is the time for common sense leadership that understands the need for strong growth in good jobs for our families and our communities. The nation cannot cut our way to prosperity. Cities know firsthand that austerity budgets do not work. While the nation needs to get its fiscal house in order, we need to ensure we make much-needed investments in our local communities. We need to create jobs immediately."

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.