Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement after the Labor Department released its August jobs report:
“Last month, the economy continued to make steady progress towards recovery, adding 235,000 jobs and bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.2%. In 2021, the American economy has grown at its fastest pace in over 40 years and added over 600,000 jobs per month. This growth has been driven by the Biden administration’s vaccination campaign and Congressional efforts to support the economy, like the American Rescue Plan.
“Unfortunately, the Delta variant slowed the blistering rate of recovery that we experienced in July and June. COVID continues to pose a threat to our economic recovery; this jobs report makes that clear. That’s why we must stay vigilant in our fight against the virus and continue our national effort to vaccinate as many Americans as possible. Our economy can’t truly recover until we get this virus under control; vaccines are the key to making that happen.
“The August jobs report also shows that Congress must push forward to enact President Biden’s economic agenda. Legislation like the Build Back Better Act includes an array of measures that will boost the economy now and invest in our prosperity in the future.”