Guest blog post by Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, International Trade Administration
It’s always good to be back in my hometown of Tampa, Florida.
This morning, I was proud to participate in a powerful and productive discussion at a White House Hispanic Community Action Summit, which took place at the University of Tampa. It was another great opportunity for Obama administration officials and community leaders to exchange thoughts and perspectives about the challenges currently facing our nation.
Although a number of topics were discussed, there was one that was near the top of everybody’s agenda—the economy.
Sure, there’s been a lot of good news lately; all of us were very encouraged by today’s jobs report which showed that 257,000 private sector jobs were created in January and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.
Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, the United States has had 23 straight months of private sector growth, for a total of 3.7 million jobs over that period.
But, there’s still a lot of work to do to ensure that everybody who wants a job can get one.