Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO-3) issued a statement today, following the announcement by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that 115,000 jobs were created in the United States during the month of April. BLS also indicated that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.1 percent and revised estimates of the previous two months employment figures, correcting both months upward.
"For the past 26 months, this nation has seen job growth in the private sector," said Carnahan. "Despite the effects of do-nothing House leadership, who have refused to put a substantive jobs bill on the table, Americans are going back to work. However, we can do more, and we can move more Americans from the unemployment rolls to the pride of getting a fair wage for a good day's work. President Obama has called for us to do our job and I join his call. I ask my friends, on both sides of the aisle, to return to Washington and stand down their partisan attacks, so we can begin working on bipartisan efforts to get Americans working again."