STATEMENT: CAP’s David Madland on December’s Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Today David Madland, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, had the following reaction to the announcement of December’s unemployment figures:

Despite uncertainty over the so-called fiscal cliff last month, the U.S. economy again proved its resilience, adding 155,000 jobs in December. We are still in a fragile recovery, however, and the prospect of further spending cuts remains the biggest threat to robust growth. The president and Congress should focus on accelerating job growth through policies that strengthen the middle class—such as investments in infrastructure, education, and science—and reject any calls for additional austerity in the short term.

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