This morning, the Department of Labor released another underwhelming jobs report -- or as I think of it, a reminder that Washington must reduce the government debt and red tape that is slowing growth. The report revealed that unemployment fell one-tenth of one percent from 8.2% in March to 8.1% in April. Unfortunately, our economy picked up only 115,000 jobs, which suggests that more people have given up looking for work. It may be a political year, but we can't afford to wait until after November for the President and Congress to cut the debt, reject massive tax increases, and clear away the regulatory uncertainty that has frozen economic growth.
In this kind of job market, it's even more important to have programs in place like the Joliet Job Corps, which helps disadvantaged youth with education, career training, job placement, health services, and even housing. This week, I visited the Job Corps, which is providing a bright future for students who may not find it anywhere else. These young people deserve a chance at a paycheck, and that's the goal we should be pursuing with a responsible budget, and more bipartisan action on bills like the Small Business Tax Cut Act.