Labor Secretary Hilda Solis sat down today for an hour-long interview on the nation’s employment situation and the administration's job creation plans. The White House announced earlier this month that the President will reveal a new jobs plan shortly after Labor Day.
The conversation with Press Club President Mark Hamrick focused on employment growth as a key element for the nation's economic recovery. Sec. Solis also talked about how the jobs issue will be a major factor during the upcoming Presidential election in 2012.
Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor in February 2009 and her department has worked to implement parts of the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, such as increasing and extending unemployment benefits, providing training for workers in need of new skills, and advocating for new jobs in the clean energy and health IT industries.
Prior to becoming Labor Secretary, Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District of California. While in office she sponsored the “Green Jobs Act.” Before her election to the U.S. House she was the first Latina elected to the California State Senate.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 14 million people remained unemployed in July with the unemployment rate at 9.2% percent. Employment numbers for August will be released this Friday.