For many Americans, November’s presidential election will come down to one thing: the economy. That means jobs, and the numbers have been less than sunny. While earlier in the year some analysts predicted an unemployment rate of less than 8% by November, last month’s number was 8.2%. Congress is particularly concerned with the impacts of the upcoming sequestration cuts on jobs with the Department of Defense. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said that the cuts could lead to a either a hiring freeze or unpaid furloughs for the DOD civilian workforce, as well as cuts on the non-defense discretionary side, including 16,000 teachers, nutrition assistance, and funding for Head Start programs. The new jobs report comes out Friday. Guest host Mario Solis-Marich checks in with current U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, to get the skinny on what’s expected, as well as Boeing’s Communications Director Dan Beck and Congressman Xavier Becerra, D-CA’s 31st district.
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Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor
Dan Beck, Communications Director, Boeing Defense, Space and Security
Congressman Xavier Becerra, representative, California's 31st district; vice chair, House Democratic Caucus