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Congress Has More Work to Do to Speed Recovery

The Long, Hot Summer of Slow Job Growth

There is an important role for policymakers in spurring economic growth. Congress should consider direct job creation and ramping up our national service programs, writes Heather Boushey at Market Watch.

Financial markets can be excused for seeing in today’s jobs numbers a mirror image of the long, hot summer weather blanketing the United States.

The latest employment figures show that the private sector added a total of 71,000 jobs in July, with overall payroll employment falling by 131,000 due to the layoff 143,000 temporary Census workers last month and the continued lay-offs by state and local governments.

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Heather Boushey

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