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Joint Economic Committee Democrats Chairman - Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

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U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Cori Bush (D-MO), and Scott Peters (D-CA) today announced the introduction of the Unemployment Insurance Improvement Act, H.R. 5507, legislation to strengthen the delivery of benefits to unemployed American workers. The bill would require states to provide a minimum 26 weeks of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, cover part-time workers, and update wage record rules and administration standards to make benefits more accessible to applicants.
Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 194,000 in September and the unemployment rate declined to 4.8%, a new pandemic-era low. The unemployment rate was 7.9% for Black workers, 6.3% for Hispanic workers and 4.2% for Asian workers.
Yesterday, the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) held a hearing titled “Examining the Economic Benefits of Electrifying America’s Homes and Buildings.” The hearing explored how residential and building electrification is critical to addressing climate change and advancing economic growth that is stronger, stable, and broadly shared. Vice Chair Martin Heinrich (D-NM) presided.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — To commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through October 15, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), led by Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), and the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), led by Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), released a new report that examines the contributions of Hispanic workers to the U.S. economy. Despite being among those most affected by the health and economic effects of the coronavirus and pervasive structural barriers to full economic participation, Hispanic workers are helping to drive the ongoing economic recovery and are poised to serve as catalysts of future economic growth.
Today, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in August and the unemployment rate was 5.2%. The unemployment rate was 8.8% for Black workers, 6.4% for Hispanic workers and 4.6% for Asian workers.

“Today’s jobs numbers remind us that economic recovery hinges on controlling the spread of the coronavirus. Recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression will not be without its challenges, and with strong leadership, we can continue to rise to meet them."
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscores the dire consequences of further delays on climate action. We now know that the climate crisis is both more severe and worsening more quickly than was understood just a few years ago. Across the country, we are already experiencing its harmful effects, and as a nation, we cannot afford the cost of inaction.
Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (D-IL-03) and Joint Economic Committee Chairman (JEC) Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-08) released their first-ever Worker’s Economy Report, a new shortcut guide designed to provide constituents with an understanding of America’s post-pandemic economy. Released quarterly, the new report examines how the passage of the American Rescue Plan coupled with the Biden Administration’s successful national vaccination campaign has created new jobs, boosted entrepreneurship, lifted up our restaurant industry, and driven down unemployment across the nation. These economic indicators demonstrate that our nation is on the right track to a worker’s economy in which growth is strong, stable, and sustained for every American.