(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement today on the March employment figures released this morning showing that our economy added 216,000 jobs last month:

“This is a welcome sign that we are moving in the right direction, but also a reminder that we can’t take our foot off the gas. We need to continue focusing on creating jobs through support for small businesses, hiring incentives, and smart investments here at home in job training and infrastructure.

“While this news may provide relief for some, it is little comfort for those in Washington state who continue to look for work after being out of a job for 6 months, a year, or more. Getting these workers back on the job must continue to be priority number one.“