Today, the Labor Department announced that U.S. employers added just 80,000 jobs in June, leaving the national unemployment rate unchanged at 8.2 percent.
"This is the 41st month in which national unemployment is above 8 percent, even with President Obama's monster stimulus. These new jobs are not enough to keep pace with all the people entering the labor market, and they are certainly not enough to help the 15 percent who are underemployed," said Matt Doheny, the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties' candidate in the 21st Congressional District. "It's clear that the policies of President Obama and my opponent are not realizing the growth which leads to jobs."
"Locally, the economy is just as dire. Nine of the 11 counties our current congressman represents have a higher unemployment rate in May 2012 than they did in May 2010 - seven months after my opponent took office," said Doheny. "Oswego County's rate is unchanged at 10.2 percent. Clinton County's rate has dropped just 0.1 percentage points, from 9.9 percent unemployment in May 2010 to 9.8 percent unemployment this May. These are hardly numbers to be happy about."
Doheny concluded: "I am offering a different direction in this campaign. If you want a candidate who will advocate for fewer taxes, less regulation and smaller government - which will lead to job growth - you want to be with me. If you're content with double-digit unemployment and an economy still struggling to emerge from a recession, pick Bill Owens."