Today, Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after the Department of Labor reported that the national unemployment rate for September was 7.8% percent:
"While today's jobs report shows some progress, the current unemployment rate is nowhere near what it needs to be. Two years after the president's failed "recovery summer,' the vice president himself admitted that the middle class has been absolutely 'buried' for the last four years. People are struggling and the White House has made virtually no progress in easing the pain.
"In the sixty years before President Obama took office, the United States had seen 38 months of unemployment at or above 8 percent in total. But on President Obama's watch we endured a record-shattering 43 months straight at or above 8 percent unemployment. By almost any measure, the extent of this downturn is staggering.
"What's worse, the Democrats' current embrace of the fiscal cliff is truly dangerous considering the hundreds of thousands of additional jobs that will be lost. It's clear the old policies have not worked and the president's plan of more taxes and more of the same does not look any better."