FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 02, 2019
One Country Statement On July Jobs Report
As Trump Tweets, American Wages Remain Stagnant
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tessa Gould, Executive Director of the One Country Project, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued its July jobs report, which showed employment growth slowed from June, with only 164,000 jobs created last month, and the unemployment rate remaining at 3.7%. This lackluster job report follows the release GDP numbers that showed slowing growth and weakening in key sectors thanks to President Trump’s trade war and poor economic leadership.
“Although President Trump, and some of his allies in the pundit class, will point to the number of jobs created, these numbers do not translate to higher wages and better lives for America’s rural communities. CEOs are continuing to see skyrocketing paychecks, while farm bankruptcies are on the rise and American workers are not seeing a substantial bump in their wages.
“While President Trump continues to tweet derisive missives at his opponents, manufacturing jobs remain stagnant for another month in 2019, only adding 16,000 new jobs. Today’s report also showed that there were 41,000 fewer jobs created in May and June than previously thought, making last month’s weak report even weaker. American workers need a pay raise and farmers need access to agricultural markets closed by this president’s trade war. America’s rural communities deserve better.”
About One Country Project
The One Country Project is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn support from rural Americans. One Country is reengaging with the American Heartland, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities.