Merkley: Recovery Act Working For Oregon, Created or Saved Over 9,500 Jobs in the State

Merkley: Recovery Act Working For Oregon, Created or Saved Over 9,500 Jobs in the State

Over 650,000 Jobs Created or Saved Nationwide According to New Recovery Act Data


Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration announced today that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created or saved 9,653 jobs in Oregon and over 650,000 jobs nationwide.  The figures are based on reports from recipients tracking $150 billion of the $339 billion in Recovery Act spending used for projects and activities through September 30th. 

According to the White House, the total number of jobs created or saved nationwide is close to 1 million when $189 billion in tax relief is taken into account.

“The Recovery Act has been an important part of getting Oregon’s economy back on track,” Merkley said.  “Without it, thousands of Oregonians wouldn’t be at their jobs today.  We’d have fewer teachers educating our children and fewer cops on the streets.  The Recovery Act will continue to play a significant role in putting people back to work in the coming months, but there’s still more work to do on the jobs front.  I will not be satisfied until we see a significant drop in unemployment and the creation of many more new, living wage jobs.  We have to turn the page on the economic mistakes of the last few years and focus our efforts on getting Main Street back on its feet.”

The data reported today does not cover tax cuts, direct payments such as Pell Grants or unemployment compensation, or grants and awards under $25,000 per recipient that have been part of the Recovery Act.

More information regarding the Recovery Act, including jobs supported, funding amounts, and project details, is available at Recovery.gov.  The data can be broken down by state, zip code, or Congressional District.  Quarterly reports from the Obama Administration will continue to monitor the progress of the Recovery Act.