Wilson Cheers April Job Growth

May 6, 2005
Press Release
Nearly 3.5 Million Jobs Since May 2003
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) issued the following statement praising the new employment numbers released by the Department of Labor reporting that the U.S. economy gained a larger-than-expected 274,000 jobs in the month of April: “I’m thrilled that over 274,000 Americans found new jobs last month,” said Wilson. “Today’s great news is another indication that Republican efforts to reduce spending and decrease taxes are helping Americans and strengthening our economy. I will continue to work to help grow the economy, create new jobs, and ensure that South Carolinians, rather than the government, have control over their hard-earned money.” The Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate remained at 5.2%, while average hourly wages rose by 5 cents to $16, or 0.3%. Hourly wages are up 2.7% in the past year. In the 109th Congress, the House of Representatives has voted on a series of bills that help grow the economy and create additional jobs: • The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R. 6) • Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2005 (H.R. 8) • Class Action Fairness Act (S.B 5) • Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (S.256) • Highway Bill (H.R. 3) • Job Training Improvement Act (H.R. 27) • Fiscal Year 2006 Budget (H.Con. Res. 95) ###