WASHINGTON--()--The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) renews its call for an ambitious, robust jobs program in response to today’s anemic jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor.
“They built bridges, fixed weather-beaten roads, installed 20,000 miles of water mains”
“The new employment numbers are abysmal,” said UCubed President Rick Sloan, regarding the meager 157,000 jobs added last month. “We need to add 350,000 jobs a month to see real prosperity again. And we can't get there from here with more austerity measures. We need a jobs program on steroids to spark a new economic reality: sustained growth of 4 percent for the next three years.”
UCubed maintains that the creation of a 21st century Works Progress Administration (WPA) is the only proof-positive way to pull the country from the depths of the ongoing jobs crisis. During the Great Depression, the WPA put more than 8.5 million Americans back to work working on projects the country needed anyway.
“They built bridges, fixed weather-beaten roads, installed 20,000 miles of water mains,” said Sloan. “Seventy-eight years later, many of those projects are in dire need of repair. In addition, there are new, modern-day tasks that need to be done like research and development, devising clean energy programs, burying power lines, renovating factories, installing new machinery and equipment, and improving our transportation grid. We need more teachers, police, firefighters and health care workers. There’s much work to be done.”
With over 135,000 activists who regularly connect with nearly 37 million Facebook friends, UCubed represents a significantly rising demographic of unemployed and underemployed Americans. UCubed was created to provide a structure for jobless individuals to take political, economic and social advantage of their growing numbers. For more information, visit www.UnionofUnemployed.com.