JCPA: No Recovery without Broad Investment and Support for the Unemployed
After President Obama’s Thursday night jobs speech, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs urged Congress to swiftly act to make the necessary investments needed to get our economy growing again.
“The jobs crisis exists throughout the entire country. No community, rural or urban, big or small, has been untouched. With such widespread need for new job opportunities and assistance, Congress should begin work on the President’s recommendations for improvements to our homes, schools, and roads without delay,” said JCPA Chair Dr. Conrad Giles. “These projects will both revitalize our communities and put Americans back to work. Long term recovery will require investments across varied industries and sectors. We appreciate the President’s endorsement of support to our teachers and health care providers. We urge Congress to consider as well the police and firefighters we depend on. Additionally, nonprofits, which provide vital services during recessions, are themselves suffering, and will continue to do so without Federal support.”
“The President was right to identify continued unemployment insurance as an essential part of any recovery,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “As of August, 6 million people, almost 43% of the unemployed, have been looking for work for over 27 weeks. Even with immediate investments in jobs and job training, many of these individuals will still require assistance in order to stay in their homes and provide for their families. States, which are suffering from years of cutbacks and ongoing budget deficits, are unable to meet these needs, leaving the unemployed without aid. Now is the time for a broad, national effort to build a pathway of prosperity for all Americans. We will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to grow our economy and ensure opportunities for those left in the Great Recession’s wake.”