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Congressional Black Caucus Holds Town Hall and Job Fair

Rep. Lewis at Atlanta job fair

Rep. Lewis at Atlanta job fair

Atlanta
Friday, August 19, 2011

The Congressional Black Caucus is holding a series of town halls and job fairs in major cities around the U.S. this week, including one in Atlanta on Thursday.  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told CNN Thursday that thousands of job seekers attended the event.  

Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) are some of the other lawmakers who attended and spoke to participants.

According to the Department of Labor, African American unemployment was 15.9% in July, higher than the national unemployment rate, which is just above 9%.

As members of Congress continue to hold town hall events in their districts this month, C-SPAN will provide coverage. Next week, we'll show you a town hall hosted by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). Earlier this week, C-SPAN covered Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) town hall in Tulsa.

Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 at 5:12pm (ET)

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