Congressman Ben Quayle (R-AZ) released the following statement Friday after the Department of Labor released the July unemployment report:
"Today's weak unemployment report comes a day after the Dow had its largest drop since December 2008 and a week after the Commerce Department announced pathetically low GDP growth for the previous two quarters. While this month's report showed slight improvement from previous months, 117,000 jobs added is not strong job growth. Of the more than 14 million unemployed Americans, 44.4 percent have been out of work for more than six months, according to the July report.
"Every day seems to bring new indicators that America is heading back into recession. In order to stop such a slide, The Obama administration must abandon its agenda that has stifled economic growth and job creation. The Senate and the White House must work with the House to implement pro-growth economic policies that will encourage private-sector hiring. For starters, we must pass the three pending free trade agreements, eliminate anti-competitive regulations and make our tax code more competitive."