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Saying jobs and the economy must become central to the economic debate, and responding to continued high levels of unemployment, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) launched a “For the People” Jobs Initiative Monday, including nationwide job fairs and town hall meetings.

The initiative kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio with a job fair and town hall at Cleveland State University, hosted by Rep. Martha Fudge.

“Recently, the CBC Members unanimously introduced the Congressional Black Caucus ‘For the People’ Jobs Initiative Resolution (H. Res. 348) to encourage the House of Representatives to immediately consider and pass critical jobs legislation to address the growing jobs crisis throughout America,” CBC Chairman Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II said on Friday, in response to the release of July jobs numbers. “We want to get 10,000 people hired. There is no time to waste. The time to act is now, and we are on the move.”

More than 120 employers have registered to participate in the jobs fairs, and more than 30 members of the CBC will take part in town halls in Cleveland (August 8, Detroit (August 16), Atlanta (August 18-19), Miami (August 22-23) and Los Angeles (August 30).


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