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Jobs the Focus of Labor Day Parade

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Reporter: Parker Slaybaugh

Roanoke, VA - Hundreds of people came out to cheer on those participating in this year's Labor Day Parade.

The America Works Committee hosted the 2012 Labor Day Parade & Festival Saturday in Downtown Roanoke.

The point of the festivities was to honor the American worker, and show a willingness to work together to help rebuild our workforce.

Political groups, private companies, and labor unions, were all in attendance, and all sharing one common goal.

"Our beliefs are to put everybody back to work, that's what we want to do," said Cliff Carlton, who is with the Western Virginia Labor Federation.

He says he's tired of seeing American jobs, leave America.

"We don't need corporations to keep sending jobs overseas, this is what's killing America, this is what's killing Virginia," said Carlton.

But opinions on how to keep jobs in the United States may depend on your political beliefs.

Andy Schmookler is trying to unseat Congressman Bob Goodlatte for Virginia's Sixth Congressional District.

"Government can create jobs, and in this economy, where corporations are sitting on two and a half trillion dollars in cash because they don't feel people are secure enough to go out and buy more of their product," said Schmookler.

Whether it's a government job or a private sector job, he says consumers are more likely to spend their income if they have a job that gives them that income.

We contacted Congressman Goodlatte's office to get his stance on job creation but were unable to receive a comment.

However, his web site says, "Reining in government spending will strengthen the dollar, control inflation and hold down interest rates.

He goes on to say, "We must also remove barriers to employment, including the threat of higher taxes, new government regulations and costly mandates."

Doris Crouse-Mays thinks it's just time for both sides to work together.

"I do hope that after this election that things are not so polarized, and that we can find the common ground," said Crouse-Mays, who is the president of Virginia AFL-CIO.

Saturday's Labor Day Parade and festival marks the first time in more than 50 years that the parade was held in Roanoke.

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