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Washington, D.C. – The latest job numbers are in and they are up, which indicates continued growth in Wyoming and U.S. economy, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said today.

“Job creation and unemployment are essential in creating a growing economy. With ever increasing energy prices, the battle against terrorism, and the rebuilding costs from hurricanes and other natural disasters this country has managed to maintain a prosperous economy,” Enzi said.

Over 5 million new jobs have been created since 2003 and in the past month alone 211,000 new jobs were created, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“These numbers speak well of the hard working spirit of America and our resilience,” Enzi said. “In Wyoming we need to continue to address the high levels of housing shortages. In February Wyoming had the third lowest rate of unemployment in the nation, but the lack of housing options creates problems in retaining workers. I was pleased to see the President sign a bill I introduced last year that will help unemployed and out of school young adults on Indian reservations build affordable housing in their communities. I will continue working on legislation that gives communities the tools they need to build the houses their workers and their families need.”

Enzi has also been working to pass job training legislation that will teach workers how to climb the job ladder. Also as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee he has authored the ‘Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act’ that will help hundreds of thousands of people working in small businesses to band together to get health insurance.

The full BLS release can be found at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.toc.htm