Kaptur urges Bush to adopt stimulus packageWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) pointed to rising joblessness and home foreclosures in northern Ohio to illustrate why President Bush should drop his opposition to House-passed economic recovery legislation, according to a news release.
“We have not witnessed this type of deterioration in the job market in some areas for almost a quarter of a century,” said Congresswoman Kaptur in the release. “People who are out of work can’t wait two months for a new president to take office. We need leadership now to create jobs and deliver emergency food assistance to struggling families.”
Kaptur said unemployment in Ohio in October climbed to 6.8 percent, with more than 408,000 Ohioans out of work, including more than 26,000 workers in the Ninth Congressional District.
* The unemployment rate in Lucas County in October was 8.9 percent, which is the highest rate for October since 1992 (8.5%). More than 20,000 people are unemployed in the most populous county in Kaptur’s district. In Toledo, the jobless rate was 9.6 percent, which is the highest for October in 24 years (9.9% in October 1984).
* The unemployment rate in Erie County in October was 7.4 percent (highest since 1992, 9.6%). Approximately 3,200 workers are unemployed in Erie County. In Sandusky, the unemployment rate is 8.2 percent (highest October rate since 8.5% in 1993).
* The jobless rate in Ottawa County in October was 8.3 percent (highest October rate since 1984 at 9.1%). Approximately 1,800 workers are unemployed.
* In Lorain County, the unemployment rate was 6.4 percent (highest in October since 1995 at 7.1%). Approximately 10,000 workers are unemployed in Lorain County, the western portion of which is located in the Ninth Congressional District.
Kaptur, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, said President Bush and Senate Republicans should drop their opposition to H.R. 7110, authored by Appropriations Chairman David Obey, which passed the House in September.
The Obey bill would make appropriations for: highway and bridge construction; Amtrak; public transit; clean water projects; ‘green energy’ projects for public schools; renewable energy; and emergency food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.