Congressman Steve Womack released the below statement regarding the latest unemployment figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Only 18,000 new jobs were added last month--well under the 105,000 economists predicted--raising unemployment to 9.2%.
"The numbers from June are disappointing to say the least, but we shouldn't be surprised. It's been the same news for nearly two and half years. For 29 straight months, our country's unemployment has been at or above eight percent. That's unacceptable. What's more, this Administration has done nothing but throw money at the problem, hoping it will go away. Their answer? More spending and more taxes. Look at where that's gotten us.
"We are broke and cannot continue spending money we don't have. Our $14.3 trillion national debt, along with the over burdensome and, quite frankly, irrational regulations being placed on small businesses are stifling job creation.
"I and my colleagues in the House have passed 9 different bills that have the potential to help create jobs and grow our economy. The Senate hasn't considered one.
"It is my hope that month number 29 will serve as a reality check to President Obama and Congressional Democrats and that they might join House Republicans in putting this great country back to work."