Labor Day: "A jobless holiday"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's Labor Day, and many are at home not because of the holiday but because they're without jobs. There's been a lot of talk about job creation, but no real action. Congress will hear President Obama's much anticipated jobs address Thursday night. And many here are anxiously awaiting his new plan.

For 41-year-old Montgomery resident Kennedy Muhammad, Labor Day is just another day of being unemployed.

"We need employment, we need money," Muhammad said.

He's been laid off from a local construction company for a year and a half and he's not alone as many across the city, state and country have been hit hard by an unstable economy.

"American people have no jobs and they don't understand they have bills to pay," Muhammad said.

With unemployment stuck above 9 percent and no jobs added in August, President Obama is under pressure to come up with a plan to jumpstart hiring. Just like it is in Iraq and Afghanistan, it will be a revolution in America because people are unemployed, they are frustrated," Muhammad said.

The president has argued that infrastructure spending creates jobs for people to rebuild roads, bridges and schools and it's among his new job creation proposals.

"If I'm not mistaken, that was of the very first part of the stimulus bill and it didn't do, so i'm a little skeptical," Montgomery resident Randall Barnett said.

"As far as more job creation, we first must stabilize where we are now," Montgomery resident Courtney Patton said.

Patton works for the Department of Industrial Relations Unemployment Services and says she sees it first hand and understands what many are going through.

"You may have to take a pay cut in order to make sure there are still funds coming in and it's not easy, but sometimes you do what you have to do to make sure you take care of you and your family," Patton said.

Muhammad says he's grateful to have friends and family members who are helping him make ends meet; still giving him a reason to smile and hope for better days ahead.

And Congress will hear President Obama's much anticipated job creation plan Thursday night.

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