Pelosi Statement on the May Jobs Report

June 5, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor released its May jobs report:

“The May jobs report shows that decisive action by Congress to support small businesses and workers can make a strong difference in our economy.  But with more than 100,000 Americans tragically dead, 21 million still out of work and state and local budgets collapsing, now is the worst possible moment to take our foot off the gas.

“The coronavirus continues to spread without the testing and tracing to contain it.  Nearly 600,000 critical government employees have lost their jobs in the last month and hundreds of thousands more frontline workers are at risk of being laid off, including teachers, first responders and hospital, nursing care, sanitation, transit, food, postal and other essential workers.  Families are struggling to feed their children and pay their bills – as the expiration date of the new lifelines delivered in previous coronavirus bills rapidly approaches. 

“The GOP Senate must pass The Heroes Act, or else this fragile progress will collapse, and the tens of millions of Americans still desperate for help will fall deeper into despair.  The President must join us to support real action to protect lives and livelihoods, rather than hide behind these jobs numbers and pretend that the job is done.”