Washington, D.C. — Today, Center for American Progress Economist Adam Hersh issued the following reaction to the announcement of December’s employment figures:
With job growth still so tepid and volatile, Congress must waste no more time in extending emergency unemployment insurance to the 1.3 million workers heartlessly and thoughtlessly kicked to the curb when this program expired on December 28. Though the economy added 74,000 new jobs in December, some 72,000 workers are expected to lose benefits each week of 2014 that Congress does not act. This is no time to relent on policies to support job growth and to aid the more than 10 million people who are willing, able, and actively seeking work.
Policy economists across the political spectrum are calling for extended unemployment benefits. It is clear that congressional conservatives are the only ones making this a partisan issue, forcing needless injury on families across the country.
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