Third District Congressional candidate Mary Headrick said the nation needs another stimulus package "to help save our public sector jobs (where our jobs hemorrhage) and for badly needed infrastructure work such as sewer/stormwater problems and the deteriorating Chickamauga Lock."
She said, "Congressional obstructionism (not approving President Obama’s jobs plan) harms our employment rate the new jobs statistical report for August, showing a national decline in the unemployment rate to 8.1 percent (down from 8.3 percent) and a new job creation rate of 96,000 jobs is a mixed message of uncertain significance to District 3’s economy.
"The Tennessee Department of labor shows an 8.4 percent Tennessee July unemployment rate. As of Sept 7, our August Tennessee county job reports are still pending. As concerned citizens we want to assess the flow into and out of the local labor market, unemployment rates and the local job openings, including quality, pay rate and sustainability of jobs in our area.
"We need to take federal monthly job reports with a grain of salt and continue our efforts to train and employ local workers, to help existing businesses expand and to help launch new businesses.
"We have many clever, hard-working individuals in this district. Simple programs like Public Library job postings and application submissions in our rural counties would help many find local work."