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AFL-CIO STATEMENT ON UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURE

 WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO made the following comment on today's unemployment figure of 7.0 percent:
 A drop in unemployment is always encouraging as exemplified in today's report. But the job growth remains anemic, as Secretary of Labor Robert Reich repeatedly has pointed out. Nearly all the new jobs were part-time jobs and most of the job gains last month were in low-paying retail and service jobs.
 So far in this "recovery," only 800,000 jobs have been added since the official recovery date 23 months ago, in comparison to job gains of 4.5 million to 7 million in like periods during the previous two recoveries.
 The report highlights the need for a job stimulus program as proposed by President Clinton.
 Already 1.4 million long-term unemployed are benefiting from Congress's action and Mr. Clinton's signing of a new law yesterday providing for continuation of the extended unemployment insurance program.
 -0- 3/5/93
 /CONTACT: Rudy Oswald, 202-637-5160, or Candice Johnson, 202-637-5010, both of the AFL-CIO/


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