Portman Applauds Strong Jobs Report, Fastest Wage Growth Since 2009

February 2, 2018 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on the Labor Department’s January 2018 jobs report showing strong job gains and wage growth

“Today’s report shows strong job gains and the fastest wage growth since 2009, and that’s good news for American workers and their families. Our economy is improving, and growing wages is a critically important part of that effort, but we must put a priority on helping Americans who are still struggling to make ends meet. I’m hopeful that we can make progress this year on strengthening our workforce development programs, rebuilding our aging infrastructure, and combating the opioid epidemic that, in some cases, is undermining employers’ efforts to hire the workers they need.  We have much more work to do, but I’m pleased that Ohio companies are making more investment in plants and equipment, increasing wages, paying bonuses, and strengthening retirement benefits for their workers as a result of the new tax reform law. It is making a real difference for working families, for businesses large and small, and our economy, and I’m committed to working with my colleagues to continue the economic progress we’re making.”