George Allen today released the following statement in response to the Department of Labor's report that only 80,000 jobs were added to our economy in June, leaving the unemployment rate at 8.2 percent:
"Americans are losing ground in their opportunity to get a job to provide for themselves and their family. Only 80,000 new jobs last month is inadequate for the growth of graduating students looking for work. Yet another disappointing jobs report underscores the painful reality of millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans who know firsthand that Washington's policies are failing.
"My opponent and his allies in Washington promised the Stimulus would "jumpstart the economy,' but instead it handed Americans $800 billion in more debt and over 3 years of unemployment over 8 percent. Tim Kaine said the new health care law was "an important step towards getting our economy back on track,' yet Virginia's small business owners tell me it's driving up costs and impeding their ability to hire more workers.
"It's clear to everyone but those in Washington that we need proven, pro-job growth solutions that put our trust in people, not government. As Senator, my top priorities would include tax relief for job-creating businesses, repealing the burdensome health care tax law, and allowing Virginia to develop our offshore energy resources with the royalties used for roads and transportation. We need leadership in Washington that will give job-creators the freedom and certainty they need to invest, grow and hire more workers."