The AP's Matt Leingang reports this morning that:
"President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package for the nation meant 1,138 highway construction jobs created or continued in Ohio in July, the first full month that figures were available to the state."
That’s exactly what the Recovery Act was intended to do – rebuild America, put people back to work and get our economy moving again.
Governor Strickland has done a terrific job of getting money out the door and putting people back to work in Ohio. Already, $578.7 million in Recovery Act money has been made available for more than 228 transportation projects in the Buckeye State.
All around the country we’re seeing signs of an economic recovery. On Monday, Senator Specter and I broke ground on a Recovery Act project in Elizabethtown, PA. Yesterday brought news that Sloan Construction in Duncan, South Carolina, would be opening a new plant to keep pace with its new construction work. And today has brought great news about job creation in Ohio.
The DOT is committed to keeping this stimulus momentum going. Every day we’re working hard to get our economy back on track now by creating jobs in communities across America, while building the infrastructure needed to support a 21st century economy.