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Solis: More Unemployment Benefits Will "Put People Back To Work"

"Last year the unemployment rate was at 9.8%, this time around it's at 8.6. Can we do better? Absolutely. That's why I think the president's plan to come up with some alternatives like extending the payroll tax (?), extending U.I. (unemployment) benefits are all going to help put people back to work and also generate more activity at the local level so people will spend money. And that's what's the good thing in this report. People have confidence, they spent money this last month and I hope that we can continue on do that," Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis told MSNBC.

"I don't see the Republicans coming up with any alternative that's going to have an immediate impact as quick as what we've seen over the course of the last 21 months where 3 million private sector jobs have been created," she told NBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"We know we have to keep our eye on the ball just as the president said. We're not satisfied with those people that are still looking and we have to keep them attached to the workforce. So one way of doing it is by extending the unemployment insurance. And you and I know that one dollar is expended in our community will generate two dollars. That also helps to spur economic growth locally," Solis said.

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