Jobs & Education

Folks in the Central Valley know how to work hard. However, the deck is stacked against us in Washington and Sacramento causing us to – have an unemployment rate twice the national average.

As a former businessman, I know what it takes to grow a business from a couple of guys in a garage to a company with hundreds of employees. I’m using this experience to bring more good-paying jobs and more opportunity to the Central Valley. We have to attract top job opportunities to the Valley – and that starts by making sure our community has the in-demand skills to match what employers need. That’s why I fought to serve you on the Education and Labor Committee and am focused on building stronger apprenticeship and vocational programs to get folks the skills they need for good-paying jobs. 

You used to be able to support a family and send your kids to school all on one salary. Not anymore. The Middle Class is being squeezed, and it’s harder than it’s been in decades for folks to get ahead. We have an amazing workforce ready to work hard – we just need the resources and skills to bring those good jobs to the Valley. That’s why I’m focused on making the Central Valley the best place to raise a family and do business.  

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More on Jobs & Education

March 31, 2021 Press Release

MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released a statement in advance of the release of President Biden’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure package. Rep. Harder laid out his two major priorities for this next package:


  1. A concerted focus on investments and job creation in the Central Valley;
  2. Federal resources for local water infrastructure projects.


March 30, 2021 Press Release

MODESTO — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) applauded President Biden for signing the bipartisan PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law. The extension ensures Central Valley small businesses will be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through June 30, 2021. The loans have already saved nearly 100,000 Central Valley jobs and will continue to help businesses keep their doors open and make payroll until the end of the pandemic.

March 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Success for Rural Students and Communities Act. Despite high school graduation rates above the national average, rural students are less likely to both attend college and complete their degrees than students from suburban and urban areas.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the Save Stanislaus COVID Intervention Program has received a $158,293 grant dedicated to providing critical and immediate help to local small businesses harmed by the pandemic. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) estimates that the program will save 800 jobs and leverage $40.5 million in private investments in Stanislaus County.

February 18, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is pushing to secure federal funding for the proposed Crows Landing Business Park project. The project, supported by Stanislaus County and many local stakeholders, would redevelop the former Crows Landing Airfield into a regional business park which will create up to 15,000 new jobs by attracting local investment. In a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce Wynn Coggins, Rep.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3) introduced the Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act to address the shortage of affordable child care facilities and professionals across the nation, especially in rural areas. This bipartisan legislation will create a $100 million grant program to address the growing crisis of child care accessibility and affordability by training and retaining highly qualified professionals and funding the building and expansion of child care centers. Sens.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has saved 96,074 jobs in his Central Valley district according to data from the SBA. Over 7,000 businesses in California’s tenth district received millions of dollars to keep their workers employed through the economic chaos resulting from the pandemic. Rep.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD’s) failure to identify and prevent identity fraud, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for answers regarding tax implications of that fraud in a letter. Many unsuspecting and innocent California residents have had their identities stolen and may not be aware of the crime until they receive a tax bill from the IRS. Rep.

January 15, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Thanks to the stimulus bill passed late last year, millions of dollars in federal housing support will flow to the Central Valley, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced today. The funding is made available through the Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) – and will help people struggling to pay rent and utilities as a result of the pandemic.

January 12, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – In response to a series of mass account suspensions from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has written a letter demanding answers. Late last year, it was discovered that EDD had paid out millions of dollars in fraudulent payments. In response to those issues, the Department initiated a wave of mass suspensions which also ended up punishing innocent Californians in need of help during the pandemic. Rep. Harder has heard from dozens of constituents regarding this issue.