U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement regarding the Labor Department's announcement that Oklahoma's unemployment rate rose from 6.8 percent to 7.1 percent during October.
"The unemployment rate increased nationally in October and now so has Oklahoma's," Congressman Cole said. "A year ago our state's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, now it's checking in at 7.1 percent. This means more Oklahomans are struggling to find jobs and provide for their families. And although we're still below the 10.2 percent national average, Oklahomans and the rest of the American people were told that unemployment would not go above 8 percent nationally. The 'stimulus' plan was supposed to generate millions of jobs - but since it was passed more than 3.3 million jobs have been lost. As if that weren't bad enough, Americans now know that the government can't even accurately account for how these stimulus funds have been spent. Oklahomans want real solutions that generate jobs - not bigger government and more reasons to mistrust it."