Scott Statement on February Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, DC – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 313,000 jobs in February, with the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1 percent.
“Today’s job report shows the economy has built on the progress of the previous administration by adding almost as many jobs in 13 months as the number of jobs added in the last 13 months of the Obama administration. However, even though the economy is generating new jobs, workers are still struggling to find economic security. Compounding this instability is the Trump administration’s proposed rule that would allow employers to confiscate workers’ hard-earned tips. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that tipped workers could lose $5.8 billion dollars a year.
“Congress needs to be making investments in infrastructure and education, which would create millions of good-paying jobs. We can also boost wages by passing the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 (H.R. 15), which would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 and give millions of hard-working Americans a much needed raise.”