WASHINGTON, D.C.— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten following news that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent.
"Today's jobs report makes clear that President Obama's actions are strengthening our economy and putting Americans back to work. President Obama inherited an economic train wreck and took bold steps through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the auto rescue; investments to keep teachers, cops and firefighters on the job; and incentives to get businesses hiring again—and the result has been 31 months of sustained job growth. The president would have put another 2 million Americans back to work if Republicans had supported, instead of blocked, his jobs bill. Today's report also shows that since July we have put tens of thousands of Americans back to work in our public schools—that means more teachers in the classroom, more nurses in our schools, and more guidance counselors and other professionals helping our children learn and grow.
"While we still have a long way to go, we simply can't afford to change course. We cannot afford to go back to the same failed policies that drove our economy off a cliff, put millions of Americans out of work, wiped out our savings, and increased the gap between the rich and the rest of us. Mitt Romney's plan for more tax cuts for the rich and more cuts to education, healthcare and Medicare will cost us jobs and tank our economy. President Obama is the right leader to strengthen our economy, restore the middle class, and ensure everybody has a fair shot at success."