WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Labor (DOL) today announced that employers in almost every sector of work created a total 290,000 jobs in April - the most jobs created in four years. United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement on the announcement:

“The numbers released by the Department of Labor are an encouraging sign that American companies, from manufacturing and construction companies to retailers and health services, are putting people back to work. The number of jobs created last month are the highest we have seen in four years. That is great news, but there are still more than 15 million Americans out of work. This Congress must build on the extraordinary steps already taken to stabilize the financial system, provide for those searching for employment, and put people back to work. As Chair of the Small Business Committee, I know that small business can pave the way for more job creation. We have put forth a package of bi-partisan bills aimed at spurring small business growth and job creation, and I am calling on Members of Congress to swiftly adopt these measures and continue on the path to economic recovery.”

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