The innovation and industry of the American worker are the foundations of the world’s largest economy and strongest middle class. A key part of what makes our economy so dominant is what we build here in America. Our electronics, medical equipment, cutting-edge machines, and top-of-the line vehicles are just some of the growing number of exports that are strengthening our economy and creating good-paying jobs here at home.
Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Commerce's blog. See the original post here.
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Yesterday, the President celebrated Labor Day by visiting the city of Milwaukee for Laborfest, an annual festival hosted by the local AFL-CIO. While there, he spoke on a number of issues -- most notably the need to raise the minimum wage for America's workers.
Kicking off his remarks, the President said that Labor Day belongs to the "working folks who are here today, and the unions who've always had your back," and emphasized the importance of building our economy from the middle class out:
Guest Blog Post by Secretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerThe Obama Administration and the
U.S. Department of Commerce today released two new reports that further prove
exports are strengthening our economy and creating good jobs. I am very pleased
that for the very first time, our department has released data detailing the
number of jobs supported by goods exports in 2013 in each of the 50 states. A
second report released today highlights the level of goods exports achieved by
each of the nation’s 387 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in 2013.
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In a video released this morning, President Obama addresses the people of West Africa about the Ebola outbreak that is currently affecting the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria.
The President reiterates in the video that, along with our partners around the world, the United States is working with these countries' governments to help stop the disease. The first step in this fight, however, is knowing the facts -- which is why the President also outlines the details about the transmission and treatment of Ebola.
Guest blog post by Jane Callen, Economics and Statistics AdministrationThe U.S. Commerce Department’s National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collects weather and climate
data. As we noted in a recent Commerce Department report on the Value
of Government Data, the return to society on investment in government
meteorological data is large.
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This afternoon, Labor Secretary Tom Perez sent the message below to the White House email list, asking people to add their name in support of raising the federal minimum wage.
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The recent labor market data have been encouraging. Businesses have now added nearly 10 million jobs over 53 straight months of job growth, the longest streak on record. Total job gains have exceeded 200,000 in each of the last six months, the first time that has happened since 1997. And the unemployment rate has fallen rapidly since mid-2013 to reach 6.2 percent in July, 1.1 percentage point less than a year ago.
President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 29, 2014.
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