11/29/2011 12:20 pm ET

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Promotes President's Jobs Bill To Denver Latinos

Yesterday, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was joined in Denver by Gov. John Hickenlooper, congresswoman Diana DeGette and others for a roundtable discussion with Latino leaders about the impact President Obama's American Jobs Act could have.

Afterward, Secy. Solis met with Latinos receiving unemployment insurance at the Denver Workforce Center, and discussed the extension of that benefit.

Secy. Solis said that Latinos are the fastest-growing minority population and their unemployment rates are some of the highest in the country.

"They're the youngest, so we know that they're going to have potentially a large impact on the state," Secy. Solis said.

According to the Denver Post, extending the unemployment insurance in Colorado could prevent nearly 34,000 people from losing their benefits.

The $447 billion jobs bill package would cut payroll taxes that pay for Social Security for a year, extend jobless benefits, help local communities retain teachers, and tax credits for unemployed veterans.