Today, the U.S. Department of Labor released employment data for August 2012. The latest report found that the economy added roughly 96,000 jobs and unemployment decreased to 8.1 percent. Private businesses added 103,000 jobs, making August the 30th month of private sector job growth and increasing the total job growth over that period to 4.6 million jobs.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement:
"For the 30th straight month private sector jobs continue to be added to the economy. While this is evidence that our nation's economic recovery is progressing, we also know that too many American families are still struggling. President Obama deserves credit for tirelessly fighting to restore this economy and help middle class families. His work is in sharp contrast to House Republicans who have obstructed and prevented any jobs legislation supported by President Obama and Democrats from passing Congress and helping middle class families. In spite of blatantly partisan efforts to stall and prevent job growth by the Tea Party Republicans, Democrats will keep working to rebuild this economy."