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WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement is from Ted Ellis, Mayor, Bluffton, Ind., and President of the National League of Cities, in response to the January 2012 unemployment numbers: “This morning’s unemployment numbers showed signs of improvement, but until the millions of unemployed and underemployed are back to work, our families are no longer struggling to make ends meet, and our small businesses are acting as the economic engines of the economy, we cannot rest. “We continue to urge our national leaders to take a page from our local officials. They must stop their partisan bickering and start working quickly. The American people need Washington to get to work on making the investments – like infrastructure – that will put all our people back to work and make the country economically competitive for decades to come. “To everyone in Washington we say it again: Campaign on your record and not with people’s lives. It’s time to get to work.” The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.