Thursday, December 19, 2013

Senator Tarr's Statement on Release of November Unemployment Figures for MA

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) issued the following statement today, following the release of figures by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development showing that the state’s unemployment rate has exceeded the national unemployment rate for the first time since 2007:

“November’s unemployment figures make it clear that we have work to do to bolster our uncertain economic recovery, and to increase our competitiveness in the national and global economies.  In that context, much remains to be done to ensure that we can achieve long-term sustainability and job growth by reducing the cost of doing business in Massachusetts and creating and maintaining much-needed jobs in our state.  Unemployment insurance reform, along with measures to confront the high costs of energy and health care, are just a few of the actions we must take as soon as possible, and the Senate Republican Caucus is committed to continuing to pursue solutions in these critical areas in the upcoming year.”