National League of Cities Unemployment Statement: Washington Needs To Take Action

Washington, DC – The National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ releases the following statement in reaction to the August unemployment report:

“Month after month we have seen the unemployment rate remain well above 7%, the lack of good paying and full time jobs, and now today, the participation rate dropping to historic lows. The nation continues to face difficult challenges on the economic front, yet we continue to see Washington ignore the economic realities for the nation’s families and abdicate their responsibilities to create a strong foundation for job growth.

“Next week, when Congress returns to do the people’s business, we urge them to get to work and move beyond the partisan gridlock that serves no one.  With no agreement on federal spending in sight, with the nation coming precipitously close to breaching it’s debt ceiling, and with too many of our communities’ residents still out of work, Congress must get serious about putting our residents to work."

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.