Congressman Rick Berg issued the following statement today in response to the latest unemployment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows the national unemployment rate at 8.1 percent. The report also shows that while 96,000 jobs were created in August, 368,000 Americans have given up looking for work and have left the workforce completely. This is the 43rd consecutive month that unemployment remains over 8 percent. The rate of "underemployment" or "real unemployment," including the unemployed, those who want work but have stopped searching in this economy, and those who are forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment is 14.7 percent.
"When you peel back all the rhetoric from President Obama and Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid, the numbers tell the real story -- President Obama's big government approach does not work," stated Berg. "This month over 368,000 people have given up looking for work and unemployment remains above 8% for 43 consecutive months, and that number is far worse when you account for those who want to work but have stopped searching in this economy. To return Americans to work, we need to do what we have done in North Dakota and balance our budget, remove the regulations, and create certainty for our families and small businesses.
Berg has continuously expressed his concern for the fiscal direction of the country. On Tuesday, the national debt officially surpassed $16 trillion for the first time in history. A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Berg has worked tirelessly to limit government regulations and advocate for small business in North Dakota and nationwide. Berg also serves as a member of the Congressional Job Creators Caucus.
Berg has consistently voted for job-creating bills that have yet to be taken up by Harry Reid and the Democratic Senate. These bills would empower small business owners, reduce the regulatory burdens that hurt job creation and business growth, and encourage the growth of America's energy sector.