Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on the February jobs report indicating that the economy added 379,000 jobs last month:
“The February jobs report marks progress toward getting our economy growing again in the right direction, but more work remains to address the economic uncertainty facing American families, help small businesses and mom-and-pop shops recover and rebuild, and provide relief for those most impacted by unemployment like women, Hispanic, Black, and Native Americans. More than 65,000 New Mexicans have been forced out of the workplace due to this pandemic. From New Mexico’s smallest towns and villages to our largest cities, more relief is needed to keep a roof over families’ heads and food on the table.
“This report underscores the urgency of passing the American Rescue Plan to boost our economy, get more vaccine shots into the arms of Americans, and ensure that our communities have the tools needed to recover and rebuild from this pandemic. The American Rescue Plan is a major step toward overcoming this virus and empowering New Mexicans to Build Back Better.”