Local protesters want federal jobs program

April 1, 2011 3:17:42 PM PDT
The U.S. jobless rate hit a two-year low in March but a group of protestors in Chicago say the country still needs a federal jobs program.

They marched Friday afternoon in the Loop. The group includes members of Chicago Jobs for Justice and Chicago Political Economy Group.

Employers added 216,000 jobs in March, dropping the unemployment rate to 8.8 percent, but the marchers say the country is still in a jobs crisis and they say they want a crisis response from our elected officials.

They say without one, it could take years for the U.S. to regain the jobs lost during the recession.

"If we continue at this rate of job creation, we will actually regain those lost jobs by 2017 about this time, six years from now," said Sidney Hollander, Chicago Political Economy Group.

The marchers also say they want large corporations to pay what they call "their fair share" of taxes.