WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) offered the following statement after President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:
“America has always been a nation forged on the dream of building a better, more inclusive society, where all of our families can have a fair shot at success,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “We've made great strides under this Administration, but our work is far from finished. Whether it's an entrepreneur in Moline trying to turn her idea into small business, a single mom in Peoria working two jobs to send her son to college, or a retiree in Rockford who has worked hard and depends on his Social Security benefits, the significant challenges facing people I serve are substantial, and demand that both parties work together with a common purpose. I have tremendous confidence that America’s strength and values will endure for future generations. I remain optimistic about our ability to conquer and overcome any challenges we might face. But so long as the economic recovery remains uneven in Illinois, I will continue to focus on renewing our region’s economic promise and advancing opportunities for everyday people.”
While the unemployment rate in the United States has dropped to 5.0 percent, Illinois’ unemployment rate is still above the national average at 5.7 percent.
Congresswoman Bustos has been focused on job creation and economic growth since taking office in 2013. She will be hosting the Third Annual Economic Summit on Thursday, which will address the “skills gap” facing manufacturers and employers in Northern, Western, and Central Illinois.