The Congressional Black Caucus’s “For the People” Jobs Creation Recommendations

A part of the CBC’s “For the People” Jobs Initiative

Washington, DC – Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus released “For the People” Job Creation and Recommendations as part of the CBC Jobs Initiative. Chairman Cleaver also sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging the Administration to deliver targeted solutions to address job creation in American communities with the highest unemployment including  the African American community. The nine job creation proposals included in the report target our nation’s most vulnerable communities. The Caucus believes those who have suffered relentlessly from our country’s “Great Recession” will be granted another chance towards their pursuit of the American dream through Creating, Protecting, and Rebuilding. “We all know that job fairs and town halls are not the answer, said Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II. “It is only one small solution to a horrific problem. August’s unemployment numbers show that there is a significant hemorrhage in the African American community that is not being addressed, which has resulted in extremely high jobs loss. Overall unemployment remains stagnant at 9.1% while unemployment in the African American community has risen dramatically from 15.9% to 16.7%.  The ‘For the People’ Jobs Initiative has provided us with clear insight into our citizens’ needs and concerns.  As a result, we have taken the next step to combat this crisis,” Chairman Cleaver added.

Well into the 112th Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus continues to urge the Republican Leadership to address unemployment in any meaningful way. During the month of August, nearly half of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled the country and saw firsthand how unemployment continues to devastate our communities during the “For the People” Jobs Initiative. Nearly 30,000 people from all walks of life attended CBC Jobs Initiative events in Cleveland, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, and Los Angeles. Additionally, CBC members have introduced over fifty job creation bills since the beginning of the 112th Congress, launched a national jobs initiative, in addition to providing these nine job creation proposals targeting our nation’s most vulnerable communities.


The “For the People” Jobs Creation Recommendation and letter are attached. You can also click here to read the full report and click here to find the letter to President Barack Obama.


The CBC Jobs Committee  is chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Job Committee & Host Members include; Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Barbara Lee

Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Hansen Clarke, Rep. Marcia Fudge, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Laura Richardson and

Rep. Frederica Wilson

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