Alexander Says April Job Numbers Reflect Continued Economic Growth

Posted on May 5, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made the following statement today highlighting the Department of Labor’s employment report which shows that the U.S. economy grew for a 32nd consecutive month, with 138,000 net jobs created in the month of April: “Today’s job numbers tell us that – for the 32nd straight month – the U.S. economy is continuing to grow and provide Americans with good jobs. “Since August 2003, nearly 5.3 million new jobs have been created in this country. The nation’s unemployment rate is 4.7 percent – the lowest in nearly five years and lower than the averages of the last four decades. More Americans are working today than ever before, and they have more opportunities for better jobs. “The way Congress can keep our economy strong is by keeping taxes low, exercising fiscal discipline and controlling the growth of federal spending. “We also need to maintain America’s brainpower advantage, so that we keep our good jobs here instead of shipping them overseas to China and India. The PACE Act, which now has 70 cosponsors – 35 Republicans and 35 Democrats, includes specific provisions in K-12, higher education and research to protect America’s competitive edge in science and technology.”