Dr. Dan Benishek issued the following statement about the U.S. unemployment rate for July, which rose from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.
"The unemployment rate here in Northern Michigan, throughout Michigan and across the country is too high. Politicians across the campaign trail are all talking about the unemployment rate being too high. Unfortunately, very few are acting to spur job creation. Long-winded speeches about the economy are not going to get Michigan back to work. Instead, we need elected Representatives who are willing to act, to fight to do what is right.
"Throughout the summer I've been on my "100 in 100' small business tour across Northern Michigan. At every business I visit, I'm hearing more of the same -- that high taxes, overregulation, and increasing healthcare costs are hindering job creation, and that the federal government is only making matters worse. My district is not unique; these problems are the same throughout the country. Washington, instead of making matters worse, needs to make common sense changes that will allow America's job creators to create jobs. Instead, the Obama administration is strangling job creators and curtailing their growth. The President and Congress need to listen to the voice of the people and enact policies that will allow job providers to succeed. This recession has proven that rhetoric alone will not revive the economy. What we need are common-sense reforms that reduce the federal government's involvement in private enterprise--only then will we see a lower unemployment rate."