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Employment growth up for 13 consecutive months; unemployment significantly lower than the averages of the 1970s, 1980s
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Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans today released the following statement on September’s employment report: Secretary Evans Portrait

“For the 13th straight month, we've had job gains despite being in a wartime economy. Hurricanes and high energy prices haven't dampened our resilient recovery because America created over 1.9 million jobs since last August.”

ACT OF 2003
Legislation Reauthorizes Economic Development Administration for Five Years, Complements Agency Reinvention Efforts

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans today announced that Congress approved legislation reauthorizing the Economic Development Administration EDA) for another five years. EDA’s prior reauthorization was passed by Congress in 1998, and expired on September 30, 2003.

“This bi-partisan bill is a high priority of this administration, and one which the President considers critical to continuing the upturn in the economy that the nation has experienced during the past year,” said Evans.

Since EDA’s inception in 1965, the agency has worked closely with Congress, the private sector, economic development organizations, and state and local governments to help create millions of jobs across the United States.

“President Bush has often stated that the role of government is to create conditions in which jobs are created,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development David A. Sampson. “This legislation will allow EDA to work with communities on the ground to help create these favorable conditions across the country.”
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Commerce Secretary Don Evans Discussed the Tax Relief Bill the President Signed that will Benefit Millions of Families on
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