Our efforts must continue-and will continue-until everyone in Massachusetts is back to work.

Nearly a year and a half after the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), stimulus funds continue to have a strongly positive impact on the people of Massachusetts. Recovery Act funds help to create and retain jobs, protect our most vulnerable citizens, and, through its ambitious transparency goals, are effecting permanent change in the way government does business. Stimulus is a critical part of our economic recovery plan, and it is one of the reasons that Massachusetts is coming out of the worst recession in living memory faster and stronger than other states.

From the beginning of the program in February of last year through June 30, 2010, over 41,830 individuals received a direct ARRA-funded paycheck. And that number doesn't count all of the people who have indirect jobs supplying ARRA contractors with goods and services or even operating the sandwich shop near a work site.

While we should be proud of this accomplishment, and the many others detailed in this Citizens' Update, statistics don't matter to the man or woman who is still out of work. For them and for our future, we will keep pushing forward. Our efforts must continue-and will continue-until everyone in Massachusetts is back to work.

Sincerely,

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Deval Patrick