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June 5, 1998

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"Our strong economy is the product of the hard work, creativity, and the innovative spirit of the American people. It is also the fruit of the comprehensive economic strategy we put in place in 1993 -- an economic strategy for the Information Age."

President Bill Clinton

Today, figures were released showing that the unemployment rate remained steady at 4.3% in May, its lowest level since 1970. In the month of May alone, our economy added 296,000 new jobs, wages continued to rise, and inflation remained low and stable.

The Strongest Economy In A Generation. President Clinton's three-part economic strategy -- cutting the deficit, investing in our people, and opening new markets to American goods and services -- is working for America's families. Since 1993 it has helped bring about:

  • Over 16 million new jobs. Since President Clinton took office, the economy has added over 16 million new jobs -- with more than two million new jobs in manufacturing and construction combined. Over 93 percent of new jobs generated during the Clinton Administration have been in the private sector, the highest percentage since the 1920's.

  • The lowest unemployment level in 28 years. In 1992, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent. In May 1998, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent -- remaining at its lowest level since 1970. For the first time in 28 years, the unemployment rate has been below 5 percent for 11 months in a row.

  • An increase in family income of nearly $2,200. Real wages are rising at their fastest pace in 25 years and a typical family's income is up nearly $2,200 since 1993, when adjusted for inflation;

  • Turning the corner in basic American industries. Since 1993, the economy has added 1.4 million new jobs in construction, 159,000 new jobs in the automobile industry, and 702,000 new manufacturing jobs.

  • Opportunity for more Americans to share in the benefits of the new economy. Under President Clinton, the African-American unemployment rate has fallen from 14.1 percent to 9 percent, and the Hispanic unemployment rate has dropped from 11.3 percent to 6.8 percent -- as low as it's ever been. But much work remains, since these unemployment rates are above the national average.

The Balanced Budget: Building On Success. The President's agenda builds on this record. His plan calls for projected budget surpluses to be reserved pending Social Security reform, but provides targeted tax relief for child care, education, and the environment -- all fully paid for. These targeted tax relief efforts would:

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