The Department of Labor reported only 96,000 jobs were created in August, and the unemployment rate lowered slightly to 8.1%, as more Americans quit looking for work. The workforce participation rate fell to 63.5%, the lowest in 30 years. The government also said 41,000 fewer jobs were created in June and July than first estimated. The economy has added just 139,000 jobs a month since the beginning of the year below 2011′s average of 153,000. In reaction to these numbers, Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) released the following statement:
"Not only is this the 43rd straight month that unemployment has stayed above 8 percent, but it's also the weakest labor market in 30 years. How many more months of this do we need before Tammy Duckworth wakes up and realizes that big government is not the answer?
"Unfortunately, big government policies are the only polices my opponent supports. She's spent so much time campaigning in Beverly Hills and New York City that she's lost touch with 8th district families and businesses. She actually thinks this is a good economy and we are better off than we were four years ago. But the families and businesses I've been talking to are struggling and need government off their backs.
"My opponent's policies, which overspend, over-regulate, and raise taxes on small businesses, have destroyed enough 8th district jobs already. It's time to get big government out of the way."