Scott Statement on February Jobs Report

March 6, 2020
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the economy added 273,000 jobs in February with the unemployment rate at 3.5 percent.

“Today’s job report does little to ease serious concerns about the state of the American economy as we enter a period of significant uncertainty. Despite the president’s claim that his policies have increased wages for American workers, a new analysis found that real wage growth for middle-class workers declined substantially during his first two years in office compared to the last two years of the Obama administration.

“The prolonged period of wage stagnation has left many workers and their families struggling to achieve financial security. Compounding this, the possible economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus has the potential to push many workers into extreme economic hardship.

“We must protect the health and financial security of American workers. From raising the minimum wage, to defending workers’ power to stand together and negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions, House Democrats have advanced major legislation over the past year to ensure workers can succeed in today’s economy.

“In the coming weeks, the Committee will continue to consider a range of possible solutions to support workers and their families, including paid sick leave and emergency measures to protect workers’ safety.”