Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement from her office in Washington this morning:
"Enough is enough, forty straight months of unemployment above 8.2 percent is a national disgrace. As today's unemployment numbers clearly show, our free enterprise system continues to suffer under the job-destroying policies of President Obama. For three and a half years, we have seen this Administration cast blame on the problems they inherited while creating further obstructions to job growth and prosperity for all Americans. The warnings are all around us and today's unemployment rate confirms what we have known all along: President Obama inherited a damaged economy but made it worse."
"I will not rest until pro-growth, free market policies are embraced and signed into law. We have passed over 30 job-creating bills that languish in the Senate as Democrats refuse to do their job and fight for the American people. As public servants, we must have the courage to act, and I will continue to do so each day if that means more jobs and the protection of our free market system for tomorrow."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that the national unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent as the economy created only 69,000 jobs. The figures confirm what previous reports detailed- that the number of Americans exiting the workforce has exploded over the last year.