WASHINGTON, D.C. | January 30, 2012 -
On Wednesday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will hold a hearing entitled “Expanding Opportunities for Job Creation.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Over the last year, the national unemployment rate has dropped from 9.1 percent to 8.5 percent and almost one million individuals previously unemployed found work. Despite these signs of progress, 13 million individuals remain out of work and 5.6 million workers have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. Job creation remains the nation’s top priority.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved more than 30 proposals to help provide certainty to employers and support job growth. The House-passed legislation address economic challenges such as fiscal responsibility, labor relations, and energy security. State leaders are also adopting various policy changes intended to help put people back to work.
Wednesday’s hearing will provide committee members an opportunity to learn about state proposals to encourage fiscal discipline and job creation, as well as discuss various federal policies that affect these state efforts. Additionally, members will listen to witnesses describe the current economic landscape and the ongoing challenges facing small business owners. To learn more about Wednesday’s hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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The Honorable Rick Snyder
State of Michigan
The Honorable Dannel Malloy
State of Connecticut
Ms. Kellie Johnson
ACE Clearwater Industries
Dr. Matthew Mitchell
Senior Research Fellow for Economics
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Dr. Jared Bernstein
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities