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Topics in the News: Unemployment


Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Tax Reform Oct 22, 2020)
Cutting taxes & boosting economy most important to people

Q: Your closing statements?

TRUMP: We have to make our country successful, as it was prior to the plague. Now we're rebuilding it and we're doing record numbers, 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time. We had the best Black unemployment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic, women, Asian, people with diplomas, with no diplomas, MIT graduates; number one in the class, everybody had the best numbers. And you know what? The other side wanted to get together. They wanted to unify. Success is going to bring us together. I'm cutting taxes, and he wants to raise everybody's taxes and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a Depression.

BIDEN: I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me. We're going to choose science over fiction. We're going to choose hope over fear. What is on the ballot is the character of this country. Decency, honor, respect.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Third 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Kristen Welker

Mike Pence on Unemployment: (Health Care Oct 7, 2020)
Trust people to make smart decisions, mandates not needed

HARRIS: The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country. 210,000 dead. Over 7 million who have contracted this disease. One in five businesses closed. We're looking at frontline workers who have been treated like sacrificial workers. We are looking at over 30 million people, who had to file for unemployment.

PENCE: President Trump and I trust the American people to make choices in the best interest of their health. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently talk about mandates, and not just mandates with the Coronavirus, but a government takeover of healthcare, the Green New Deal, all government control. We're about freedom and respecting the freedom of the American people.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah

Kamala Harris on Unemployment: (Health Care Oct 7, 2020)
Trump knew the truth on coronavirus and covered it up

The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country. 210,000 dead. Over 7 million who have contracted this disease. One in five businesses closed. We're looking at frontline workers who have been treated like sacrificial workers. We are looking at over 30 million people, who had to file for unemployment. On January 28th, the vice president and the president were informed about the nature of this pandemic. They were informed that it's lethal in consequence, that it is airborne, that it will affect young people, and that it would be contracted because it is airborne. Can you imagine if you knew on January 28th, as opposed to March 13th, what they knew, what you might've done to prepare? They knew, and they covered it up. The president said it was a hoax.
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: 2020 Vice-Presidential Debate in Utah

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Homeland Security Sep 29, 2020)
I created the Space Force and fixed the VA

There has never been an administration or president who has done more than I've done in a period of three and a half years. The greatest, before COVID came in, the greatest economy in history, lowest unemployment numbers, everything was good. Everything was going. There was unity going to happen. People were calling me for the first time in years and they were saying it's time and then what happened? We got hit. But now we're building it back up again. A rebuilding of the military, including Space Force and all of the other things. A fixing of the VA which was a mess under him, 308,000 people died because they didn't have proper health care. It was a mess. And we now got a 91% approval rating at the VA, our vets. We take care of our vets. But we've rebuilt our military.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: First 2020 Presidential Debate, moderated by Chris Wallace

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Jobs Feb 4, 2020)
Unemployment at record low, including women & disabled

From the instant I took office, I moved rapidly to revive the United States economy--slashing a record number of job-killing regulations, enacting historic and record-setting tax cuts, and fighting for fair and reciprocal trade agreements. Since my election, we have created 7 million new jobs--5 million more than Government experts projected during the previous administration.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2020 State of the Union address to Congress

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Welfare & Poverty Feb 4, 2020)
7M people off welfare and food stamps

The unemployment rate is the lowest in over half a century. Incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my Administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country. If we had not reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witness to America's great economic success.

The unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans have reached the lowest levels in history. African-American youth unemployment has reached an all-time low. The unemployment rate for women reached the lowest level in almost 70 years--and last year, women filled 72% of all new jobs added. A record number of young Americans are now employed.

Under the last administration, more than 10 million people were added to the food stamp rolls. Under my Administration, 7 million Americans have come off of food stamps, and 10 million people have been lifted off of welfare.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2020 State of the Union address to Congress

Andrew Yang on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Dec 19, 2019)
People have jobs, but many need two or more to get by

Corporate profits are at record highs in America today. Also at record highs, depression, financial insecurity, student loan debt, even suicides and drug overdoses. If you're a recent college graduate, you have a 40 percent chance of doing a job that doesn't require a college degree. That doesn't show up in the headline unemployment rate, nor does all of the families that are working two or three jobs to get by.
Click for Andrew Yang on other issues.   Source: Newshour/Politico/PBS December Democratic primary debate

Kamala Harris on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Jun 27, 2019)
Economic numbers conceal more than reveal

This president walks around flouting his great economy. You ask him, how are you measuring this greatness? He talks about the stock market. That's fine if you own stocks; many families do not. You ask him, how are you measuring the greatness of this economy? They point to the jobless numbers and the unemployment numbers. People in America are working. They're working two and three jobs. No one should have to work more than one job to have a roof over their head and food on the table.
Click for Kamala Harris on other issues.   Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami)

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Jobs Feb 6, 2019)
FactCheck: Unemployment under Trump is lowest in decades

A "fact-check" video by Bernie Sanders misrepresents employment data in an attempt to prove President Trump "wrong" about the economy. The data actually show employment continues to improve under Trump.

The video features Warren Gunnels, the senator's top aide on the Senate budget committee. Trump said in the SOTU speech, "unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century." The official unemployment rate dropped as low as 3.7% in November--marking the first time it had been that low since 1969.

In the "fact-check" video, Gunnels says "the real unemployment rate--which includes those who have given up looking for work and those who are working part time when they need a full-time job--is 8.1%, not 4%." Gunnels is referring to the U-6, an "alternative measure of labor underutilization." Gunnels is right that the U-6 rate is 8.1%. But this is what he doesn't tell his viewers: Under Trump, the U-6 rate had dropped to its lowest level in 17 years, the lowest since April 2001.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: FactCheck.org on 2019 State of the Union response

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Jobs Feb 6, 2019)
FactCheck: Unemployment under Trump is lowest in decades

A "fact-check" video by Bernie Sanders misrepresents employment data in an attempt to prove President Trump "wrong" about the economy. The data actually show employment continues to improve under Trump.

The video features Warren Gunnels, the senator's top aide on the Senate budget committee. Trump said in the SOTU speech, "unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century." The official unemployment rate dropped as low as 3.7% in November--marking the first time it had been that low since 1969.

In the "fact-check" video, Gunnels says "the real unemployment rate--which includes those who have given up looking for work and those who are working part time when they need a full-time job--is 8.1%, not 4%." Gunnels is referring to the U-6, an "alternative measure of labor underutilization." Gunnels is right that the U-6 rate is 8.1%. But this is what he doesn't tell his viewers: Under Trump, the U-6 rate had dropped to its lowest level in 17 years, the lowest since April 2001.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: FactCheck.org on 2019 State of the Union address

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Families & Children Feb 5, 2019)
Doubled the child tax credit

Unemployment has reached the lowest rate in half a century. African-American, Hispanic-American and Asian-American unemployment have all reached their lowest levels ever recorded. More people are working now than at any time in our history--157 million.

We passed a massive tax cut for working families and doubled the child tax credit. We virtually ended the estate, or death, tax on small businesses, ranches, and family farms.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2019 State of the Union address to United States Congress

Howard Schultz on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Jan 28, 2019)
$5M to start community lending in Great Recession

We agreed that focusing on funding small businesses made sense to us [to address high unemployment during the Great Recession]. Starbucks had spent more than a decade as a small, private company before going public, and each of our stores operated, in many ways, like its own small business.

We found a reputable partner, a trusted nonprofit. The money we raised in Starbucks stores would pass 100 percent to [small lenders] around the country. That money would be equity to borrow more money against and lend to any organization that provided jobs in the community. On average, [the total amount lent would be] seven times the original amount of a grant they received.

Starbucks, in turn, would reimburse operating costs to ensure that 100 percent of every dollar raised from our customers went into communities. In addition, the Starbucks Foundation would make an immediate donation of $5 million, rather than wait for customer donations to add up.

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: From the Ground Up, by Howard Schultz, p. 79-83

Howard Schultz on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 28, 2019)
Key to job growth is loans to small business

In 2011 [I asked], "How are we going to get America back to work?"

My intention was to spur job growth, beyond the people Starbucks was able to hire. Doing so could help rev the economy. Of all the problems facing the nation, employment was an area in which Starbucks had the most credibility. Creating jobs was what we did. That year, the company was on track to hire 12,000 more partners globally. But if we wanted Starbucks to help make a dent in the country's high unemployment situation, we had to look beyond our own ability to hire.

Small business can be the job engines of local economies. But they weren't growing. The Great Recession had slammed small companies especially hard, in part because they relied on capital from banks to fund their initial growth. But since 2008, many banks were only lending money to the most qualified, asset-rich borrowers. Not necessarily entrepreneurs. We agreed that focusing on funding small businesses [would be our policy].

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: From the Ground Up, by Howard Schultz, p. 76-77

Bill de Blasio on Unemployment: (Technology Jan 10, 2019)
Create premiere tech hubs, and create 4.5M jobs

After years of laying the groundwork, our technology community, our tech community reached a turning point. New York City is now one of the world's premiere tech hubs, and all those jobs are now here for the people of New York City.

The major new announcements from Amazon and Google show that the world's most innovative companies want to be here, and they want to hire New Yorkers.

Now, we have over 4.5 million jobs in this city, for the first time in history. Unemployment at a record low, wages rising. Now, all this has happened in a progressive city. All this has happened in a city that made sure there was fairness. So anyone who tells you that there can't be job growth when we ask for fairness--we're going to prove them wrong here in New York City. This is a city where we expanded paid sick days to half a million more New Yorkers. This is a city where we require businesses to provide a fair workweek to more than 300,000 people. Where we fought and won a $15 minimum wage.

Click for Bill de Blasio on other issues.   Source: 2019 State of the City address

John Delaney on Unemployment: (Jobs May 29, 2018)
Public-private training partnership to address skills gap

When young people can't find work after twelve years of schooling, they suffer, and the country suffers, too. At the end of 2017, U.S. companies had SIX MILLION jobs they couldn't fill because they weren't able to find qualified workers. Yet even at a moment when our nation's unemployment is remarkably low, millions of high school graduates still can't find good jobs. That's an unacceptable state of affairs.

This skills gap, as it's called, is a huge problem in our country, and it's likely to grow. Yet even though that all the sides agree that we need to close that gap, we've done absolutely nothing about it. Some who've studied this problem believe we should create public private partnerships for workforce training, and such solutions can be essentially bipartisan. But these ideas aren't particularly innovative, which is one reason Congress hasn't yet supported them.

Click for John Delaney on other issues.   Source: The Right Answer, by Rep. John Delaney, p. 59

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Foreign Policy Apr 1, 2018)
Gaza is humanitarian disaster; Israelis shouldn't over-react

Q: You have been critical of the Israeli government's decision to use lethal force against Palestinian demonstrators, killing 15, wounding over 700. The Trump administration has stopped short of calling on Israel for restraint. Should they explicitly do so?

SANDERS: Yes, they should. Look, Gaza, as I think everybody knows, is a humanitarian disaster. The unemployment rate there is beyond comprehension. And there is just enormous unrest. What the function of the United States government should be right now is to sit down with the Israelis, sit down with the Palestinians and figure out how we can rebuild Gaza.

Q: We should note, the Palestinian Authority did boycott a meeting at the White House recently to talk about rebuilding Gaza.

SANDERS: We should also to tell the Israelis that when you've got tens and tens of thousands of people protesting, they cannot overreact. And the idea of 15 or so people being killed and hundreds being wounded is, to me, unacceptable.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 30, 2018)
200,000 new manufacturing jobs with lowest unemployment ever

Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone. After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages. Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2018 State of the Union address to United States Congress

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 8, 2018)
Fact-check: African-American unemployment lowest in history

TRUMP: Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs. Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history [TV camera shows Congressional Black Caucus members who did not applaud--why not?]

NPR Fact-Check: Trump's numbers are right, but it's generally a stretch for presidents to take credit for job creation. The unemployment rate for black Americans is currently 6.8%, the lowest level recorded since the government started keeping track in 1972. And Hispanic unemployment rate is at 4.9%, close to a record low. However, Trump is implying that he caused these low African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates. But those rates had been falling relatively steadily since around 2010, under Pres. Obama, and their declines don't appear to have picked up speed. This implies that there's nothing specific that Trump did to change this rate

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: NPR Fact-Check on 2018 State of the Union address

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Nov 15, 2016)
2008 Crash's foreclosures brought about by deregulation

As a result of the financial meltdown of 2008, more than 9 million American jobs were destroyed. Real unemployment skyrocketed to more than 17 percent, as more than 27 million workers were unemployed, under-employed, or had stopped looking for work altogether.

The American dream of homeownership turned into a nightmare of foreclosure for millions of households, as more and more people could not afford to pay their mortgages. This was bound to happen. For years, financial predators received fat commissions form lenders for steering Americans into the riskiest subprime mortgages imaginable--no documentation, no job, no income... no problem. And then, the banks bundled those mortgages, over and over again, into almost worthless and unregulated derivatives, until the house of cards collapsed.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Our Revolution, by Bernie Sanders, p. 298

Mike Pence on Unemployment: (Jobs Oct 4, 2016)
Indiana's unemployment rate was cut in half since 2013

Pence asserted, "In the state of Indiana, we've cut unemployment in half; unemployment doubled when [Kaine] was governor." Are both true?

Fact Check: While the claim is factual, Kaine's gubernatorial tenure ended in 2010 (the year when the national unemployment rate peaked) and Pence's gubernatorial tenure began in 2013 (i.e., more than 2 years after the Great Recession officially ended and the national economy was expanding).

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: FactCheck.org on 2016 Vice-Presidential Debate

Jay Inslee on Unemployment: (Local Issues Sep 19, 2016)
Washingtonians work harder, but not sharing national wealth

I'm proud that we've created over 250,000 jobs and seen the lowest unemployment since 2008. But I know too many Washingtonians are working harder than ever, and aren't sharing in the wealth we are creating as a nation. Together, we will build a stronger middle class by raising the minimum wage, ensuring paid sick leave, and advancing policies that allow working families to thrive. As a state we need to give our children a world-class education and we've already made some progress -- all-day kindergarten, lower class sizes, and better paid and trained teachers. But we've got more to do and I'm confident we can do it. Finally, we know we need big improvements in our transportation system. That's why I insisted the legislature pass a package that creates 200,000 jobs, repairs bridges, creates new lanes, and opens the door to more light rail. We got that done. While it won't fix everything overnight, it puts us on the right path while we address bottlenecks and find practical solutions.
Click for Jay Inslee on other issues.   Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Washington Gubernatorial Race

Steve Bullock on Unemployment: (Families & Children Mar 11, 2016)
Unemployment benefits to victims of domestic violence

Last year, Bullock sent three proposals to the state legislature to help address wage inequities, but only one of those bills made into law. That law extended unemployment insurance benefits to victims of domestic violence.

The legislature, however, voted down legislation that would have allowed workers to discuss salaries without repercussions from their employer.

Bullock wants employers to take a hard look at what they pay employees, and to make sure that women are being paid the same as men for comparable work. "When working women prosper, overall, families prosper," the governor said..

Click for Steve Bullock on other issues.   Source: The Missoulian on 2016 Montana Gubernatorial race

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Jobs Mar 9, 2016)
Minority youth more underemployed than others

We have a crisis with youth unemployment. If you look at Latino kids between 17 and 20 who graduated high school, 36 percent of them are unemployed or underemployed. African-American kids are unemployed or underemployed to the tune of 51 percent. That's why I co-sponsored legislation to put $5 billion into a jobs program to put our kids to work because I would rather invest in education and jobs than jails and incarceration. We have got to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2016 PBS Democratic primary debate in Miami

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 20, 2016)
US economy is strong: 900,000 new jobs in the past 6 years

The US in the middle of the longest streak of private sector job creation in history.˙More than 14 million new jobs, the strongest two years of job growth since the `90s, an unemployment rate cut in half. Our auto industry just had its best year ever. That's just part of a manufacturing surge that's created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past 6 years. And we've done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters.˙
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2016 State of the Union address to Congress

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 20, 2016)
Need retraining programs for workers who lose jobs

Say a hardworking American loses his job -- we shouldn't just make sure that he can get unemployment insurance; we should make sure that program encourages him to retrain for a business that's ready to hire him. If that new job doesn't pay as much, there should be a system of wage insurance in place so that he can still pay his bills. And even if he's going from job to job, he should still be able to save for retirement and take his savings with him.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2016 State of the Union address to Congress

Rocky De La Fuente on Unemployment: (Drugs Jan 19, 2016)
Deal with problems from drug abuse in a logical manner

We have a lot of problems from drug abuse, real unemployment and that we need to deal with them in a logical manner and deal with them one piece at a time. I can work with Republicans, New Hampshire. Unzip your mind and think that what we need to do is tinker.
Click for Rocky De La Fuente on other issues.   Source: 2016 ABC/C-SPAN Republican lesser-known candidate debate NH

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 13, 2016)
We've cut unemployment in half during my term

Obama asserted in his State of the Union speech, "We're in the middle of the longest streak of private-sector job creation in history... an unemployment rate cut in half." Is that true? That the unemployment rate was cut in half during Obama's term in office? We checked the Bureau of Labor Statistics Unemployment Rate Table:

That chart indicates that unemployment reached a peak of 10.0% in Oct. 2009, eight months after Obama took office. And the current unemployment rate as of Dec. 2015 is 5.0%, exactly half of the peak unemployment rate. So, yes, the president was correct. But voters might interpret his meaning as "an unemployment rate cut in half from when I took office", which is not correct; to be correct, you must use the interpretation "an unemployment rate cut in half from the peak of the recession."

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2016 State of the Union: OnTheIssues FactCheck

John Kasich on Unemployment: (Energy & Oil Nov 10, 2015)
20,000 jobs from fracking plus 300,000 other jobs

DONALD TRUMP [to Kasich]: All I can say is, you're lucky in Ohio that you struck oil. That is for one thing.

KASICH: In the state of Ohio, we have grown 347,000 jobs. Our unemployment is half of what it was. Our fracking industry, energy industry may have contributed 20,000, but if Mr. Trump understood that the real jobs come in the downstream, not in the upstream, but in the downstream. And that's where we're going to get our jobs. But Ohio is diversified.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Crime Oct 13, 2015)
America has more people in jail than any country on earth

Today in America, we have more people in jail than any other country on Earth. African-American youth unemployment is 51 percent. Hispanic youth unemployment is 36 percent. It seems to me that instead of building more jails and providing more incarceration, maybe--just maybe--we should be putting money into education and jobs for our kids.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas

Lincoln Chafee on Unemployment: (Jobs Oct 13, 2015)
Rhode Island had 2nd best job growth under my watch

As governor, I came in at the depths of the recession and we turned my state around. Rhode Island had the biggest drop of the unemployment rate over my four budgets of all but one state. It happens to be Nevada, where we're having this debate.

As we look to the future, I want to address the income inequality, close the gap between the haves and the have-nots. I want to address climate change, a real threat to our planet. And I believe in prosperity through peace. I want to end these wars.

Click for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.   Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Jobs Aug 2, 2015)
Take jobs back from foreign countries to lower unemployment

My policy is going to be something that's going to set the country back right. I mean, one of the big things is we have to take back jobs from China.

We have to take back jobs from Japan, and Vietnam, and Mexico, and virtually everybody that's taking our jobs and ruining our manufacturing base. And we have to put people to work. Because the real unemployment number is probably 21%. People give up looking for jobs. And they no longer become a statistic. And it's very unfair. So we have to put our country back to work. We have to get great jobs for people and good paying jobs for people. And we're going to be just fine.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Jun 28, 2015)
Economic issues take a larger toll on minority groups

I think the nationwide issues that we are dealing with, combating youth unemployment, talking about the need that public colleges and universities should be tuition free, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, creating millions of jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, are issues that should apply to every American.

But to be honest with you, given the disparity that we're seeing in income and wealth in this country, it applies even more to the African-American community and to the Hispanic community. And what we are going to do is make a major outreach effort to those communities.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: ABC This Week 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Donald Trump on Unemployment: (Jobs Jun 16, 2015)
Real unemployment rate is 20%; don't believe 5.6%

Last quarter, it was just announced our gross domestic product--a sign of strength, right? But not for us. It was below zero. Whoever heard of this? It's never below zero.

Our labor participation rate was the worst since 1978. But think of it, GDP below zero, horrible labor participation rate. Our real unemployment is anywhere from 18% to 20%. Don't believe the 5.6%. The real number is anywhere from 18% to maybe even 21%, and nobody talks about it, because it's a statistic that's full of nonsense.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: 2015 announcement speeches of 2016 presidential hopefuls

John Kasich on Unemployment: (Tax Reform Feb 24, 2015)
$3 billion in tax cuts for job creators

We've gone from very high taxes across the board to the largest tax cuts in America, including tax cuts for the working poor, which is a very important part of our philosophy. We're seeing wages grow faster than the national average, and the unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest level in more than a decade.

[My budget represents] the ideas that are producing the economic growth which is making so many of the other good things possible. These accomplishments are sending a message to job creators around the state, around the country, and around the globe that Ohio is open for business. When I tell them that we were $8 billion in the hole and now we're $2 billion in the black, that we've got $3 billion worth of tax cuts, that we've got a private sector entity that can respond to them quickly--it's hard for them to believe. But we've been able to keep growth in check so that there's money to give back to Ohioans in the form of a $500 million tax cut because we have restrained ourselves.

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: State of the State address to 2015 Ohio Legislature

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 20, 2015)
Best employment growth since 1999; the crisis is past

Tonight, we turn the page. Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before; more of our people are insured than ever before; we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years.

America, for all that we've endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.

At this moment--with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production--we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2015 State of the Union address

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 20, 2015)
FactCheck: Yes, unemployment down; but many stopped looking

Obama said, "Our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis."

FactCheck: That's true, but it's also not the whole story. First, the good news: the unemployment rate currently sits at 5.6%. That's the lowest level since June 2008. Unemployment peaked at 10% in October 2009, and has been gradually falling since.

But it's not all good news. The unemployment rate tallies the percent of people who are both out of a job and actively looking to get one. So there are two ways to leave the legion of unemployed: One can get a job, or one can quit looking all together. In June 2008, the labor force participation rate was 66.1%. In December 2014, that rate sat at 62.7%. And if the same percentage of Americans were competing for jobs today as were in 2008, the unemployment rate would be much higher.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: National Journal FactCheck on 2015 State of the Union

Cory Booker on Unemployment: (Welfare & Poverty Jun 3, 2014)
Expand EITC to more families & to job grants

Sens. Cory Booker and Tammy Baldwin introduced the Stronger Way Act. Said Senator Booker, "This legislation will expand economic opportunity and keep Americans out of poverty by strengthening tax credits for working families and programs that ease the transition from unemployment to work."

The Stronger Way Act establishes a new transitional jobs grant program. This will build a new federal partnership with state and local governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

The Stronger Way Act increases the rate at which the Earned Income Tax Credit phases in for working families with children to both encourage work and target additional dollars to low-income working families. Workers with earnings above 50% of the poverty line receive the maximum EITC. Currently, a childless adult working full-time and earning minimum wage receives little to no EITC and can be taxed into poverty. We need to make work pay for everyone by extending this tax credit to workers without children.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: 2014 Press Release from Senate office booker.senate.gov

Mike Pence on Unemployment: (Jobs Mar 14, 2014)
Education is critical to our success in job creation

Our nation is experiencing the highest unemployment rate among teenagers and young adults in American history. When we look at our workforce and ways to improve it, we must begin & end with education. From pre-K to high school & beyond, a young person's learning makes the difference between graduation and a constant game of catch-up throughout their lives.

The Jobs for America's Graduates program fully understands this importance and has one of the highest impacts of improving employment of any program assessed. The very first policy goal we announced was to reprioritize career, technical and vocational education in every high school in Indiana.

My job as Governor is to help make Indiana such a great place that you wouldn't think of going any place else. So how do we do that? We start by creating good jobs and by recognizing that education is critical to our success in job creation. Strong schools help companies attract talented employees and develop the quality employees of the future.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Speech at Jobs for America's Graduates event

Cory Booker on Unemployment: (Jobs Aug 25, 2013)
1/3 of all NJ development is in Newark, where only 3% live

Q: As the Mayor of Newark: Unemployment there is over 13%. Why have you not been able to make more progress in this particular area?

BOOKER: Well, politics is a zero-sum game. The spirit of Martin Luther King taught me that love multiplies and hate divides. We've got too much division going on in our politics. Where people come together, you make remarkable results. Well, Chris Christie and I disagree on most things. But if we just sat back in our relative partisan positions, we wouldn't have gotten anything together. The fact that we've come together right now has created the largest economic development period in Newark in over a generation. In fact, we are 3% of the state's population with a third of all the development in New Jersey is going on in Newark, in commercial multi-families. Our biggest boom, period, because we found ways to get together.

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: Meet the Press 2013 on 2014 New Jersey Senate race

Mike Pence on Unemployment: (Welfare & Poverty Jul 16, 2013)
Faith-based community gives us hope for new opportunities

While other states are struggling just to make ends meet, Indiana has made important investments in education and infrastructure and still ended the year with a surplus. But we still face many challenges as a state. We welcomed the recent news that the unemployment rate statewide dropped, but despite our positive trajectory, the people of Indiana feel strongly that our economy's growth is not matching the hopes, aspirations and dreams of our people. That's where some of today's honorees come in.

Where would we be without our faith-based community and the leaders who give us hope and inspire us even as we roll up our sleeves and do the work we need to build businesses and provide new opportunities and help the hurting in our communities?

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Speech at Indiana Black Expo Governor's Reception

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Jobs Nov 8, 2012)
Real unemployment is 16%; official unemployment only 9%

While "official" unemployment is at 9.8 percent, real unemployment is over 16 percent--and even higher for blue collar workers. Despite massive unemployment and the collapse of the middle class, the representatives or organized money want more tax breaks for the wealthy, more government deregulation, more unfettered free trade, more anti-union legislation and--as if this was not bad enough--they want an end of funding for unemployment benefits.
Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: Sanders Introduction to `Playing Bigger`, by S. Acuff, p. 3

Joe Biden on Unemployment: (Jobs Oct 11, 2012)
We can & will get unemployment under 6%

Q: Can you get unemployment to under 6%, and how long will it take?

BIDEN: I don't know how long it will take. We can and we will get it under 6%. Let's look at where we were when we came to office. The economy was in free fall. The Great Recession hit. Nine million people lost their job, $1.6 trillion in wealth lost in equity in your homes & in retirement accounts. We knew we had to act for the middle class. We immediately went out and rescued General Motors. Romney said, no, let Detroit go bankrupt. We moved in and helped people refinance their homes. Governor Romney said, no, let foreclosures hit the bottom. But it shouldn't be surprising for a guy who says 47% of the American people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives. [Rep. Ryan] recently said 30% of the American people are takers. These people are my mom and dad, the people I grew up with, my neighbors. They pay more effective tax than Governor Romney pays in his federal income tax

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2012 Vice Presidential debate

Cory Booker on Unemployment: (Jobs May 7, 2012)
2002 campaign: unemployment & housing hasn't improved

Until 2002, Newark Mayor Sharpe James appeared to be an invincible political figure. Since first winning elective office in 1970, he had never lost an election. Something changed in 2002.

Cory Booker was not the typical, weak, opponent. Challenging a 16-year incumbent may strike some as a quixotic enterprise, but a number of factors suggest that Booker's run in 2002 could be classified as strategic. Booker maintained that conditions in the city (i.e., high unemployment, low home ownership, and low high school graduation rates) had not improved since James had taken office. Moreover, James' administration had been implicated in corruption scandals.

Sharpe James responded to Cory Booker's candidacy by making the election a contest of racial authenticity. Because James realized that he was losing among whites and Latinos, he knew he had to consolidate the black vote, calling James the "real deal." [Booker lost 53%-46%]

Click for Cory Booker on other issues.   Source: The New Black Politician, by Andra Gillespie, p. 63-4

Howard Schultz on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Mar 27, 2012)
2009 stimulus package lifted consumer confidence

On Feb. 17, 2009, Pres. Obama had signed into law an ambitious $787 billion stimulus package to try to rescue a nation reeling from an economy weaker than it had been in decades. Unemployment in the US was on its way to a 25-year high of 8.1%.

"Is [the stimulus] going to be helpful in terms of getting the consumer out of this funk?" Maria asked me. My perspective, which I shared with her, was that its most immediate effect would be to lift consumer confidence, which was so critical for people to feel comfortable enough to spend money again. I also said that I did not think the current climate was going to dramatically improve anytime soon, something that all companies had to accept.

At Starbucks, we continued the incredibly complicated, sometimes painful work of cost cutting and making our processes more efficient. Revamping the supply chain. We were closing 300 more stores than previously planned. Most difficult was that we had just gone through another round of layoffs.

Click for Howard Schultz on other issues.   Source: Onward, by Howard Schultz, p.263-5

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Education Dec 10, 2010)
170,000 high school grads annually have no funds for college

Today, unemployment in our country--the official unemployment rate is 9.8 percent. For those without a high school diploma, it is 15.6 percent, compared to 5.6 percent for college graduates. 67 percent of high school graduates do not have enough of the skills required for success in college and the 21st century workforce.

As many as 170,000 high school graduates each year are prepared to go on to college but cannot afford that. Let me repeat that. About 170,000 young people in this country, who graduate high school, who want to go to college, are unable to do it because they cannot afford it.

Are we nuts? What are we doing in wasting the extraordinary intellectual potential of all of these young people? What we are saying to them is because you don't have the money and because college is so expensive, and because our Federal Government is more busy giving tax breaks to billionaires and fighting two wars, we are not investing in you. That makes no sense at all.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: The Speech: A Historic Filibuster, by Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Free Trade Dec 10, 2010)
Disastrous trade policies lead to collapse of middle class

I think one of the reasons unemployment is so high, one of the reasons the middle class is collapsing, has a lot to do with these disastrous trade policies. All this stuff emanates from corporate leaders whose sense of responsibility is such that they want themselves to become richer, they want more and more profits for their company, but they could care less about the needs of the American people.

I remember there was one CEO of a large, one of our largest American corporations, and he said: "When I look at the future of General Electric, I see China, China, China, and China." By the way, we ended up bailing out that particular corporation. He didn't look to China to get bailed out, he looked to the taxpayers of this country.

But the word has to get out to corporate America, they are going to have to start reinvesting in the United States of America. They are going to have to start building the products and the goods the American people need rather than run all over in search of cheap labor.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: The Speech: A Historic Filibuster, by Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders on Unemployment: (Jobs Dec 10, 2010)
Extend unemployment benefits whenever jobless rate over 7.2%

We have heard from the President that this [tax agreement] is a compromise. One of the examples of compromise is an extension of unemployment benefits for 13 months.

Well, in the midst of a serious recession, at a time when millions of our fellow Americans have been out of work for a very long time, it would be, in my view, immoral & wrong to turn our backs on those workers. Their unemployment benefits are going to be running out soon. It is absolutely imperative that we extend those unemployment benefits for the 2 million workers who would lose them.

I do not believe, honestly, that the Republican support now for extending unemployment benefits constitutes much of a compromise because the truth is, for the past 40 years, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, it has been bipartisan policy that whenever the unemployment rate has been above 7.2%, unemployment insurance has always been extended. That is what we have always done. That is what we should be doing in the future.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: The Speech: A Historic Filibuster, by Bernie Sanders

Joe Biden on Unemployment: (Jobs Dec 4, 2010)
Extending unemployment benefits is the American way

We've got to extend unemployment insurance for Americans who have lost their jobs in a tough economy. Without unemployment benefits, families can't spend on basic necessities that are grown, made, and sold by other Americans.

Denying two million Americans unemployment insurance will wind up costing us more jobs. It just isn't smart. And, cutting unemployment insurance is not only not smart, it's not right either. It would mean telling millions of our neighbors who are out of work today through no fault of their own, that they're on their own.

We all know someone who's hit a rough patch. When that happens in America, we help him get back up on his feet. That's who we are. That's the American way.

So I just don't agree with the folks who've said we can't afford a lifeline for Americans who lost their jobs during the worst recession in generations, but we can afford to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. That's bad economic policy, and it's also just simply wrong.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: Weekly White House Radio address

Michael Bennet on Unemployment: (Corporations Aug 11, 2010)
$300B lending fund for small business; plus $12B tax cut

Q: In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important things that should be done to create jobs?

A: In the short term we must get credit flowing again to small business, because they've been shut out of the credit markets since this recession happened, and they create 2/3 of all new jobs. That's part of why it's so critical that we pass a small business and jobs bill, which cuts taxes by $12 billion for small businesses and creates a small business lending fund to support up to $300 billion in new lending. Also, we need to create an economic climate to discourage the movement of jobs overseas, encourage innovation across the board, and transform our public education system into one that prepares students for higher education so that our kids can take advantage of the jobs of the future.

Click for Michael Bennet on other issues.   Source: League of Women Voters 2010 Candidate Questionnaire

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Corporations Apr 13, 2010)
OpEd: Establish power to seize companies "too big to fail"

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Take Back America, by Dick Morris, p. 9-10

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Energy & Oil Jan 29, 2010)
Big promoter of clean coal technology & nukes

Rep. CAPITO: I represent the state of West Virginia. We're resource-rich. We have a lot of coal and a lot of natural gas. But our miners and those who are unemployed are very concerned about some of your policies in these areas: cap and trade, an aggressive EPA, and the looming prospect of higher taxes. In our minds, these are job-killing policies.

Pres. OBAMA: I know that West Virginia struggles with unemployment. That's part of the reason why I've said that we need a comprehensive energy policy that sets us up for a long-term future. For example, nobody has been a bigger promoter of clean coal technology than I am. Testament to that, I ended up being in a whole bunch of advertisements that you guys saw all the time about investing in way for us to burn coal more cleanly. I've said that I'm a promoter of nuclear energy, something that I think over the last 3 decades has been subject to a lot of partisan wrangling & ideological wrangling. I think that that has to be part of our energy mix.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama Q&A at 2010 House Republican retreat in Baltimore

Mike Pence on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 29, 2010)
$700B stimulus did not deliver promised employment

Rep. PENCE: Your administration told us that we'd have to borrow more than $700 billion to pay for a so-called stimulus bill. It was a piecemeal list of projects and boutique tax cuts, all of which--we were told--had to be passed or unemployment would go to 8%, as your administration said. Well, unemployment is 10% now.

Pres. OBAMA: You're absolutely right that when I was sworn in the hope was that unemployment would remain around 8%. What ended up happening was that the job losses from this recession proved to be much more severe than anybody anticipated. We underestimated how severe the job losses were going to be. But those job losses took place before any stimulus, whether it was the ones that you guys have proposed or the ones that we proposed, could have ever taken into effect. Now, that's just the fact, Mike, and I don't think anybody would dispute that. You could not find an economist who would dispute that.

Click for Mike Pence on other issues.   Source: Obama Q&A at 2010 House Republican retreat in Baltimore

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Jobs Jan 29, 2010)
Recession job losses more severe than anticipated

Rep. PENCE: Your administration told us that we'd have to borrow more than $700 billion to pay for a so-called stimulus bill. It was a piecemeal list of projects and boutique tax cuts, all of which--we were told--had to be passed or unemployment would go to 8%, as your administration said. Well, unemployment is 10% now.

Pres. OBAMA: You're absolutely right that when I was sworn in the hope was that unemployment would remain around 8%. What ended up happening was that the job losses from this recession proved to be much more severe than anybody anticipated. We underestimated how severe the job losses were going to be. But those job losses took place before any stimulus, whether it was the ones that you guys have proposed or the ones that we proposed, could have ever taken into effect. Now, that's just the fact, Mike, and I don't think anybody would dispute that. You could not find an economist who would dispute that.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama Q&A at 2010 House Republican retreat in Baltimore

Joe Sestak on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Dec 25, 2009)
State revenue has declined due to lower employment

We remain in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Unemployment stands above 9%, the housing market is in its worst state since the 1930s, and turmoil in the financial markets continues to threaten all Americans' long-term security. State tax revenue has declined with lower home sales, property values and corporate profits, resulting in a record gap between state revenue and expenditures.
Click for Joe Sestak on other issues.   Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.joesestak.com, "Issues"

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Apr 3, 2009)
G-20 produced "collective document" on global economy

After the G-20 Summit concluded, the US president declared that unemployment has reached its highest level in 26 years in his country. "Faced with similar global challenges in the past, the world was slow to act," he said.

"Today we've learned the lessons of history. We are committed to growth and job creation.... The US [will] clean out the troubled assets... to ensure that our action leads directly to loans to businesses large and small. And our G-20 partners are pursuing similarly comprehensive programs."

"We've got a global economy, and if we're taking actions in isolation in the US, but those actions are contradicted overseas, then we're only going to be halfway effective... [We have had] a drastic reduction in US exports... and the contagion from the financial markets debilitating the economies elsewhere" is affecting other US companies. Obama explained, "this is a collective document."

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama and the Empire, by Fidel Castro, p. 30-1

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Jul 1, 2008)
OpEd: "Hope" translates into economic opportunity

"I'm not talking about blind optimism here--the almost willing ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about something more substantial, It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope--Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope."

Many of us remember these striking words as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic Nominating Convention. If there is one word associated with Barack Obama, from all of his campaigns, speeches and books, it would have to be hope. From an economic perspective, the word hope easily translates into economic opportunity. Without economic opportunity, there is no hope.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obamanomics, by John R. Talbott, p. 51

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Principles & Values Apr 1, 2008)
1996: job of state senator is organizer, teacher, & advocate

In his 1996 campaign for State Senate, Obama said, "Any solution to our unemployment catastrophe must arise from us working creatively within a multicultural, interdependent, and international economy," he said. "What if a politician were to see his job as that of an organizer, as part teacher and part advocate, one who does not sell voters short but who educates them about the real choices before them?" he mused.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama for Beginners, by Bob Neer, p. 31-32

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Immigration Jan 31, 2008)
Immigrants are scapegoats for high unemployment rates

Q: How do you address high unemployment & declining wages in the African-American community related to the flood of immigrant labor?

A: Before the latest round of immigrants showed up, you had huge unemployment rates among African-American youth. So to suggest somehow that the problem that we’re seeing in inner-city unemployment, for example, is attributable to immigrants is a case of scapegoating that I do not believe in, I do not subscribe to. There is no doubt that we have to get control of our borders. We can’t have hundreds of thousands of people coming over to the US without us having any idea who they are. We have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation, hiring folks who cannot complain about worker conditions, who aren’t getting the minimum wage sometimes, or aren’t getting overtime. There are a whole host of reasons why we have not been generating the kinds of jobs that we are generating. We should not use immigration as a tactic to divide.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic debate in Los Angeles before Super Tuesday

Mike Gravel on Unemployment: (Immigration Dec 4, 2007)
We’re making a mountain out of a mole hill on immigration

Q: Under a Gravel administration, what rights do immigrants have if they’re working without proper authorization come January 2009?

A: Stop and think. Our unemployment level is about 4.5, and that’s about as low as you can get it. So, where is the problem? We have to have people fill these jobs. They come in and fill these jobs. We call them illegal. Are they illegal? They’re filling jobs that need to be done. But we’re making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Click for Mike Gravel on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic radio debate on NPR

Mike Gravel on Unemployment: (Free Trade Sep 9, 2007)
CAFTA & NAFTA cause unemployment in Mexico & Central America

Our trade practices--CAFTA and NAFTA--they have caused more unemployment in Mexico and Central America than they have in this country. That is wrong. We need to change that approach. Can we? I question whether the Congress can. I think that the answer lies with the American people. If the people in this country had the ability to make laws, to vote for policies directly, then we would begin to see some national solutions to these particular problems.
Click for Mike Gravel on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic primary debate on Univision in Spanish

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Civil Rights Aug 14, 2007)
Blacks should infiltrate mainstream to affect change

[In his State Senate race], one of Obama’s central themes was the powerful potential of multiculturalism in American society. Rather than continually castigating whites for an oppressive history of mistreating blacks, Obama suggested, blacks would do better if they infiltrated the mainstream power structure and worked from there to effect social change.

“Any solution to our unemployment catastrophe must arise from us working creatively within a multicultural, interdependent economy,” Obama said. “Any African Americans who are only talking about racism as a barrier to our success are seriously misled if they don’t also come to grips with the larger economic forces that are creating economic insecurity for all workers.”

His steadfast beliefs made him less than a unifying force in Chicago’s black community. The idea of building bridges to people of all races was anathema to many old-school black leaders who still sounded a voice in Chicago’s African American community.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell, p.113

Joe Biden on Unemployment: (Education Jun 28, 2007)
Overcome racial achievement gap with early education

Q: In 2006 the unemployment rate of black high school graduates was 33% higher than the unemployment rate for white high school dropouts. To what do you attribute this inequity?

A: One of the things that we all talk about is this achievement gap. We should remind everybody that the day before a black child, a minority child, steps into the classroom, half the achievement gap already exists. The moment they walk into that school, they are already behind.

And that gap widens. And it widens because we do not start school earlier. We do not give single mothers in disadvantaged homes the opportunities that they need in order to know what to do to prepare their children.

You’ve got to start off and focus on the nurturing and education of children when they’re very young, particularly children from disadvantaged families. You’ve got to invest in starting kids in preschool at age four. And you’ve got to make sure you have smaller classrooms & better teachers in the disadvantaged schools.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University

Mike Bloomberg on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Jun 18, 2007)
Turned NYC’s $5 billion deficit into a $4 billion surplus

Today, New York City’s economy is stronger than ever. We’ve turned a $5 billion deficit into a $4 billion surplus. We drove annual unemployment last year to an all-time low, and our bond rating has climbed to an all-time high--Double AA. The income tax hikes have been rolled back. The property tax hikes have been offset through $400 rebates for homeowners. But we’re not just using the surplus to cut taxes--we’re also saving for the future.
Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Speech at “Ceasefire! Bridging The Political Divide” meeting

Mike Bloomberg on Unemployment: (Jobs Apr 19, 2007)
NYC jobs program caused lowest unemployment rate since 1976

The NYC unemployment rate fell to 4.3% in March, the lowest since comparable data collection began in 1976. Over the past five years, the City’s unemployment rate has fallen steadily from 8.4% in March 2003, 7.7% in March 2004, 5.5% in March 2005, 5.3% in March 2006 and 4.3% in March 2007.

“New York City’s economy continues to grow, and today’s news that our unemployment rate fell yet again to an historic low is the latest sign that everything we’re doing to create and keep jobs in New York is working,“ said Mayor Bloomberg. ”Our ambitious five-borough economic development strategy is designed to make the City more livable, more business-friendly and more economically diverse. Our crime rate is lower and our schools are getting better, so it’s no surprise that people want locate and grow businesses here and create more jobs.“

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Press Release, “Lowest Unemployment Rate Ever”

Mark Sanford on Unemployment: (Budget & Economy Nov 7, 2006)
Limit spending increases to population growth plus inflation

Our number one priority has been and continues to be to cut income taxes for individuals & small businesses in South Carolina. The proposed FY ‘06-07 Executive Budget limited state government spending increases to population plus inflation, and proposed returning more than $380 million to South Carolinians in the form of a tax rebate.

With our unemployment rate continuing to lag the national average, we will persist in our push for a lower income tax rate for all South Carolinians so we can reverse this trend. We have effectively the highest income tax rate in the Southeast and the 5th highest rate in the nation and we believe that a lower rate will give South Carolina a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting jobs and encouraging business start-ups. Whether attracting new jobs and capital or looking to grow from within, we must remain competitive with other states (Florida has no income tax) and other nations (even Russia & China are lowering rates) if we are to compete globally.

Click for Mark Sanford on other issues.   Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, SanfordForGovernor.com, “Issues”

Barack Obama on Unemployment: (Drugs Oct 1, 2006)
Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair

We need to tackle the nexus of unemployment and crime in the inner city. The conventional wisdom is that most unemployed inner-city men could find jobs if they really wanted to work; that they inevitably prefer drug dealing, with its attendant risks but potential profits, to the low-paying jobs that their lack of skill warrants. In fact, economists who’ve studied the issue--and the young men whose fates are at stake--will tell you that the costs and benefits of the street life don’t match the popular mythology: At the bottom or even the middle ranks of the industry, drug dealing is a minimum-wage affair. For many inner-city men, what prevents gainful employment is not simply the absence of motivation to get off the streets but the absence of a job history or any marketable skills--and, increasingly, the stigma of a prison record.

We can assume that with lawful work available for young men now in the drug trade, crime in any community would drop.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.257-259

Hillary Clinton on Unemployment: (Energy & Oil Jan 6, 2006)
Need to move toward energy efficiency and conservation

The economy is slipping toward a recession. The unemployment figures hitting 5%, the $100 a barrel oil this week, the fall of the dollar. There’s a lot of pressures on middle-class families, and the kind of costs that they have to keep up with have all gone up astronomically. The energy costs for the typical family in New Hampshire since Bush has been president have tripled. That’s far beyond what the costs of the tax cut that they got from Bush. What we’ve got to do is use energy as an opportunity to actually jump-start economic recovery. We need to quickly move toward energy efficiency. We should require the utilities to begin to work for energy efficiency and conservation. We need a weatherization and low-income heating emergency program that is helping families to cover their costs, and look at how doing what is right about energy is not only good for our security and good for the fight against global warming, but it will be essential in dealing with the economic challenges that we face.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Facebook/WMUR-NH Democratic primary debate

Hillary Clinton on Unemployment: (Jobs Feb 25, 2004)
Pushed for extension of unemployment insurance

She followed an Alinsky game plan in taking on GOP leader Bill Frist. First, Hillary went on the attack, undermining a solemn agreement made with the Republicans on the extension of unemployment insurance, only to eventually relent and settle for an agreement to revisit the expansion of one of her beloved programs. Alinsky wrote, "The organizer must be able to split himself into two parts--one part in the arena of action where he polarizes the issue to 100 to nothing, and helps to lead his forces into conflict, while the other part knows that when the time comes for negotiations that it really is only a 10% difference--and yet both parts have to live comfortably with each other."

This formula explains why staid Senate Republicans have such a hard time understanding Hillary. How can she be so nice on the floor and then turn around and say these awful things about us? They do not grasp the purpose of agitprop: To force a compromise in her direction, it is first necessary to disturb the peace.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Madame Hillary, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, p. 51-52

Jesse Ventura on Unemployment: (Jobs Dec 10, 2000)
Training and retraining to resolve workforce shortage

Eight years of economic growth has done us a world of good. Minnesota’s overall unemployment rate is lower than ever. But now we face a workforce shortage, which makes us less competitive in a global marketplace. It’s vital to our ongoing economic health that we have a well-trained, flexible, and healthy workforce that allows us to be quickly responsive to the opportunities that globalization presents. That means training and retraining constantly during a person’s working life. It means looking after displaced workers to get them back into the game with salable skills. It means providing adequate medical care and benefits to injured workers, so that they can return to suitable work as soon as possible. It means finding new workers. When someone says, “We need good people who can do X, Y, and Z. Do you have them for us?” We want to be able to say, “You bet we do!”
Click for Jesse Ventura on other issues.   Source: The Big Plan: Minnesota: World Competitor

Hillary Clinton on Unemployment: (Technology Jan 12, 2000)
Equal opportunity will bridge the digital divide

America faces a capital, educational & digital divide that needs to be bridged, especially to help minorities move forward in the 21st century. The lack of equal opportunity for access to capital and jobs is one of the unfinished pieces of business from the last century. We should support tax credits & incentives and government guaranteed loans to leverage billions in new private investment and reduce the initial risk for businesses that agree to hang out their shingles in areas of high unemployment.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: (X-ref Welfare) Paul Hirschkorn, CNN.com

Hillary Clinton on Unemployment: (Welfare & Poverty Jan 12, 2000)
Equal access to capital and jobs

America faces a capital, educational & digital divide that needs to be bridged, especially to help minorities move forward in the 21st century. The lack of equal opportunity for access to capital and jobs is one of the unfinished pieces of business from the last century. We should support tax credits & incentives and government guaranteed loans to leverage billions in new private investment and reduce the initial risk for businesses that agree to hang out their shingles in areas of high unemployment.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Paul Hirschkorn, CNN.com

Hillary Clinton on Unemployment: (Jobs Oct 24, 1999)
The working poor deserve a living wage

We should be working to keep a basic bargain with all Americans: If you work hard and are responsible, you will not live in poverty. If you study this issue, you can clearly see it will not hurt the economy, it will not increase unemployment. There are those who have opposed an increase in the minimum wage, arguing that it will cost jobs, and there are some people who say we need more studies.. They are wrong.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Speech in Queens

Hillary Clinton on Unemployment: (Corporations Sep 25, 1996)
Businesses play social role in US; gov’t oversight required

For those who live in urban areas with few businesses of any kind, the impact of changes in the private sector is most direct & devastating, with high unemployment & crime, drug abuse, welfare dependency, & school failure. Problems elsewhere eventually affect us all [so] government has a big responsibility to help remedy them. But its resources are limited.

Other developed countries, like Japan & Germany, are more committed to social stability than we have been, and they tailor their economic policie to maintain it. We have chosen a different path, leaving more of our resources in the private sector.

As a society, we have a choice to make. We can permit the marketplace largely to determine the values & well-being of the village, or we can continue, as we have in the past, to expect business to play a social as well as an economic role. That means we have to look realistically at what government must require business to do, principally in the areas of health, safety, the environment [and so on].

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Village, by Hillary Clinton, p.274-275

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