News Release

One Country Project

On March 7, One Country Project co-founder Heidi Heitkamp issued the following statement after the release of the April jobs report:

“Despite April’s lower than expected job growth, the American economy did see 266,000 jobs created. This growth was powered by expanded vaccine availability and the successful efforts of President Biden and Democrats in Congress to set the nation on the path towards recovery through the American Rescue Plan. But, it also provides a warning – to build back better, we have to continue to invest in the workforce, especially in rural communities.

“The economy added thousands of new jobs in April as more Americans received vaccines and relief for small businesses allowed hotels, restaurants, and schools to begin reopening. The improvements in the labor market built upon the strong economic growth and job creation seen in March, and jobless claims dropped below 500,000 for the first time since the pandemic started. The American Rescue Plan and the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic played a key role in spurring economic growth and putting Americans back to work.

“As more people get vaccinated and the nation begins to reopen, Congress must continue to pass legislation that grows the economy and makes critical investments in America’s infrastructure in order to bring sustained economic stability and employment to communities that have been left behind for years. With a focus on education, clean energy manufacturing, broadband, and food security, our lawmakers have an opportunity to invest in rural America and create millions of good-paying jobs for American workers.”

About One Country Project

The One Country Project is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn support from rural Americans. One Country is reengaging with the rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website,

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