The White House noted yesterday that if Republicans were really serious about job creation, we’d have local and state governments hiring and infrastructure humming. Since Republicans are serious about creating only jobs with the word “Chief” in the start of the title, that’s not going to happen, of course.
Since then, they have continued to lag, even as companies have ramped up their hiring. State and local governments have shed nearly 600,000 jobs since the recovery began in mid-2009, though they have recently stabilized. And the unemployment rate for experienced construction workers remains higher at 13.1% for the fourth quarter of 2011 than the national average of 8.3%.
Now is an especially good time to revamp the nation’s infrastructure, which would boost job growth, Obama said. Interest rates are historically low, construction workers are dying to get back on the job, and contractors are competing for projects, coming in on time and under budget.
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