Today, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its monthly jobs report for September 2012, which had good news for Americans. Unemployment is down to 7.8 percent -- the lowest it has been in four years. The economy added 114,000 jobs, and an estimated 104,000 of those new jobs were added by the private sector. These outstanding numbers make September the 31st consecutive month of private sector growth.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement:
"The September jobs report proves that President Obama and Congressional Democrats are doing everything possible to get this country back on track. Although this news is commendable, Congress could do much more to help the millions of unemployed Americans who are still seeking work. Yet the House Republican leadership has sent us all home while job creating measures wait for a vote in Washington. Right now, we could be working to pass the Senate's bipartisan Farm Bill or putting more teachers and firefighters back to work by passing the American Jobs Act. I urge my Congressional colleagues to work with the President to support American workers and keep our economy moving forward."