CHILLICOTHE, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the Labor Department’s October 2018 jobs report showing that 250,000 jobs were created in October and year-over-year wage growth moved above three percent for the first time since the Great Recession. He issued the following statement: 

“This report is great news for our economy, and it shows that tax reform is working to boost economic growth, job creation, and wage growth across the country. Not only did we see strong job gains and stronger wage growth, we saw more than 700,000 Americans return to the workforce, which is critically important to our efforts to help Americans who’ve been on the sidelines get back to work and achieve their God-given potential.  We’ve got more work to do, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to put in place the pro-growth tax and regulatory policies, combat the opioid epidemic, and help more Americans get the skills and training they need to find meaningful employment.” 

NOTE: Earlier this year, Portman wrote a Washington Post op-ed titled “The Private Sector Has A Powerful Incentive To Treat Opioid Addiction” that details how the public and private sector must work together to help those gripped by addiction the chance to live up to their God-given potential.  Last week, the president signed into law Portman’s bipartisan Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which will help stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped into our communities from China through the U.S. Postal Service.