Today, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam released the following statement after the Department of Labor reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in the month of August, while national unemployment fell to 8.1 percent because of a drop in the labor force:
"Today's disappointing jobs report underscores how soaring rhetoric on job growth is nice, but it doesn't put people back to work. The number of jobs gained in recent months does not come close to the amount that has been lost over the last four years. Growth is stagnant and millions of Americans are still unable to find work.
"Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged that unemployment would remain below eight percent. Not only did unemployment rise to ten percent months after that promise was made, but unemployment has stayed above eight percent for 43 consecutive months.
"For the last three and a half years, the American people have listened to the same hollow promises and recycled talking points about regaining economic strength and protecting the middle class; yet without a credible plan from the president to avoid the coming fiscal cliff, America will plunge into another recession. House Republicans have passed our plan to avoid the coming disaster on January 1, 2013--it is time the president and Senate Democrats step up with theirs."