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JEC Chair-designate Lauds 100th Straight Month of Job Growth

WASHINGTON - Today, Joint Economic Committee Chairman-designate Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement celebrating the January jobs numbers while looking toward the future: 
 
“The job market is still booming, adding more than 300,000 jobs in January and making this the 100th straight month of job growth. Notably, 76 percent of working-age women are participating in the labor force—higher than we saw at the end of the last economic expansion.

However, Congress and American employers need to focus on continuing to bring even more people into employment. The unemployment rate of African Americans, while at an all-time January low, is still 2.8 percentage points higher than the national average, and working-age men’s labor force participation remains lower than it was 10 years ago. 

We can do better. With 100 straight months of job growth at our back, now is when we should harness the strength of the economy and continue the push to connect more people to the benefits of work that allow our society to thrive.”

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