January 9, 2009

Larson dismayed by rising unemployment

Press release just issued by U.S. Rep. John Larson, an East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol:


WASHINGTON, DC -- The unemployment rate hit a 15-year high today at 7.2%, according to a Labor Department report.

Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said:

“Today’s unemployment numbers are the harshest evidence so far of the severity of our economic crisis. But, for many Americans, it reinforces a reality they are already too well aware of. Addressing the crisis of the unemployed is the top priority of our economic recovery plan. We will provide short term help and long term solutions to this problem. First, we will help those most impacted by the economic downturn by extending unemployment insurance and access to health care. We cannot allow our fellow Americans to suffer while their jobs are slashed and wages cut.

“Our recovery and reinvestment plan must also be focused on creating jobs. Our goal is to save or create 3 million jobs over the next two years -- a far cry from the 1 million we have lost in just the last two months. We must create jobs that stay in America and rebuild our economy over the long term. We need to build new industries like an American energy base and reinforce those that have made our nation great. We need to make America competitive in the global marketplace by training the world’s best workforce for the jobs of the 21st century.

“There is no easy path ahead. We have a lot of work to do and more bad news to endure before it is done. But, I have confidence that we can bring our economy out of this downturn and restore pride and integrity to our workforce.”

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Contact Steve Collins at scollins@bristolpress.com


I M Disgusted said...


He, like others in Washington, should have seen this coming, if only 8-10 months ago.

Where was he?

Anonymous said...

Keep bleeding the private sector working stiffs and giving it to the public employee unions and this is what you get. No surprise.

But you will note in the jobless numbers that there have preciuos few layoffs among the public sector (Federal, State & Local) union boys.

Wait till Obama hires 60,000 more Federal employees to handle his stimulus plan.

Anonymous said...

Things will be much better under Obama's plan. It is about time we had a president wholl do the job.

Concerned Conservative said...

2:28...right on.

If Obama keeps this paln in place (attempting to turn this country into the United Soviet Socialist Republic of Obama) by extremely expanding government, the "messiah" may actually be a one term President. Unfortunately, that will probably only result after even worse economic times.

But Larson is a disigenuous wind-bag. Because of the Iraq War local manufacturers in his district Pratt & Whitney and Colt's are booming. Larson has been vehimently against the Iraq War. And it's bad economic policy to heavily burden tax payers with even more bloated gov't spending during a fiscal crisis.

looking forward said...

We will provide short term help and long term solutions to this problem


Like you did with N.A.F.T.A. ??

Folks ...... It's going to be a lonnnnnnnnnnnng four years with the democrats in total control of America .

Anonymous said...

I hope it will be a long eight years, with President Obama leading us to prosperity.

Anonymous said...

All Larson cares is that he gets to keep his job!

Anonymous said...

Larson wants your vote - but when you want him to listen to you - he becomes deaf. He won't be getting my vote any longer.