STATEMENT: CAP Action’s Heather Boushey on August Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. — Today, Heather Boushey, Senior Economist at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, had the following reaction to the announcement of August’s unemployment figures:

August marked the 30th straight month of private-sector job gains. Over that time the economy has added more than 4.6 million private-sector jobs but has shed nearly 600,000 government jobs, which has worked against economic recovery. With the fiscal cliff looming at the end of the year and Europe teetering on recession, employers need to see Republican leaders in Congress step up and act to boost employment, rather than acting as they have been by paring back spending before the economy has fully recovered.

To speak with Heather Boushey about the monthly jobs report, please contact Katie Peters at or 202.741.6285.