Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added 114,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September. Last week, the Department also announced that the previous year saw 400,000 more jobs created than originally estimated. With private businesses adding 104,000 jobs last month, this marks the 31st consecutive month of private sector growth:
"Today's jobs report marks the lowest unemployment rate in four years, but we have more work to do. Because of President Obama's leadership on the economy, we avoided another depression and now have registered 31 straight months of private sector job growth. The American auto industry is back and hiring. The unemployment rate is lower than when he took office.
"Congress should be in session right now working to create jobs and grow our economy. Yet, rather than do the work of the American people, Republicans decided to head home early to campaign -- without extending middle class tax cuts, without acting to prevent the fiscal cliff, and without passing a jobs agenda. This uncertainty undermines the middle class and our economy.
"From day one, Democrats and President Obama have worked together to put Americans back to work. Now, we must keep fighting for more jobs and a stronger middle class. We must act to reignite the American Dream, building ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, play by the rules, and take responsibility."