Lipinski Thanks Job Fair Participants and Attendees
On Friday, Congressman Dan Lipinski held a Job Fair that featured three dozen companies and employers and drew hundreds of job seekers to the Bridgeview Community Center.
“This morning, the September unemployment numbers were released, and they showed another month of thoroughly inadequate job growth,” the Congressman said. “Right now, there are nearly 25 million unemployed or underemployed Americans. As the turnout at today’s Job Fair showed, people are hungry for work. Moreover, they have a tremendous amount of skill and experience to offer, as I can attest to first hand from my many conversations today with job seekers. Fortunately, there are businesses that are hiring, and I was pleased to be able to gather several dozen of them for this Job Fair. This is an incredibly difficult economic environment, especially for small and mid-size businesses. Those that survived the recession and the sluggish growth of the last several years, and continue to soldier on in the face of uncertainty, are to be commended. To everyone who came out to today’s event, I want to say, ‘Thank you.’”
“While some might see today’s event as a symbol of hard times, I saw it as proof of perseverance. Americans, including many who have been looking for work for months on end, are not giving up, even as partisan bickering and gridlock rule the day in Washington. Neither are business owners and managers, despite the gloom-and-doom headlines that confront us at every turn. Now more than ever, confidence is critical to the fate of our economy. In June, I released a five-point Jobs Plan that aims to help restore job growth and America’s economic leadership. My plan would strengthen manufacturing, modernize our infrastructure, level the international playing field, improve education and workforce training, and invest in high-tech research and innovation that drive economic growth. As much as the recessions, the job losses, and the bailouts of the last decade have done to breed doubt and pessimism, American workers remain the most skilled, innovative, and productive on earth. With the right approach – one that puts the middle class first and refuses to take marching orders from special interests – I am confident that we can ignite sustainable job growth and ensure our status as the world’s undisputed economic leader for decades to come. This is America, and it would be a betrayal of our history to aim for anything less.”
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