Job Creation Tops Black Lawmakers Policy Agenda

    Dec. 9, 2011 15:25 UTC

    Job Creation Tops Black Lawmakers Policy Agenda

    The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will close out
    its 35th Annual Legislative Conference with a panel of
    national experts on economic policy. The theme of this year?s Closing
    Plenary session is, ?Generating Jobs for Today and Tomorrow to
    Reignite the American Economy,?
    which aims to address the single
    most important issue facing American voters: creating jobs and
    protecting the unemployed.

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) November 2011 Employment Situation
    summary shows 13.3 million Americans (8.6 % of the population) are
    unemployed. While there have been marginal decreases over the past
    months, the fact remains that many Americans are still struggling to
    secure jobs. States across the nation have put in place job training
    programs and provided workforce services to connect job seekers with
    potential employers. Organizations are taking these programs a step
    further by preparing job seekers for careers to ensure employment
    longevity and a reduction in turnover.

    The DOL summary reported African Americans with the highest unemployment
    rate at 15.5% followed by Latinos at 11.4% and Caucasians at 7.6%. ?This
    disparity is unacceptable and must be addressed,? said Kansas State
    Representative Barbara Ballard, President of NBCSL. ?In addition to
    helping Americans get back to work, Congress needs to reach an agreement
    to extend unemployment benefits and prevent more Americans from slipping
    into poverty.? The experts for NBCSL?s Closing Plenary session will
    outline their ideas and initiatives for creating jobs and closing the
    racial disparities in unemployment figures. They will discuss solutions
    ranging from local to federal innovations and model policies. Ideas
    generated and discussed at the NBCSL legislative conferences have often
    been at the core of state legislation following the conference.
    Furthermore, successful state initiatives frequently lead the way for
    federal policy. This Closing Plenary offers viewers the rare opportunity
    to listen and participate in forming public policy.

    ?Putting our citizens back to work is paramount to the vitality of this
    country. There is no more important job for our members than promoting
    legislation in their states that will put our constituents back to work.
    Unemployment isn?t just a statistic. It erodes our families and our
    communities. It is time for our people to get back to work, and to start
    rebuilding their lives,? said Barbara Ballard.

    WHO: ? ? ? Cheryl Jackson, Moderator, CNN Correspondent and PBS Diversity
    Andrea Zopp, ESQ., President and CEO, Chicago Urban League
    William E. Spriggs, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S.
    Department of Labor
    Robert I. Lerman, Ph.D., Institute Fellow, The Urban Institute,
    Professor of Economics, American University
    Nancy Sutley, Chair, The White House, Council on Environmental
    The Honorable Danny K. Davis, Member of U.S. Congress, Illinois, 7th
    WHAT: Closing Plenary: Generating Jobs for Today and Tomorrow to Reignite
    the American Economy
    WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 10:45am ? 12:30pm
    WHERE: Renaissance Hotel, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, Grand
    Ballroom, Salon 1-3

    About the National Black Caucus of State

    The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership
    association representing over 600 African American state legislators
    hailing from 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin
    Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of all
    racial backgrounds. NBCSL tracks legislation at all levels of government
    and actively monitors state and federal policy initiatives to provide
    its members with important information. Each year, NBCSL members pass
    resolutions that directly impact federal and state policy. The
    organization focuses on U.S. domestic policy and is committed to
    policies that positively affect all Americans. Learn more at


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    Source: The National Black Caucus of State Legislators