Congressman Tim Bishop issued the following statement today following the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report that the economy added 104,000 private sector jobs in September, with 114,000 jobs added overall. The health care sector led job growth with 44,000 jobs added in the month; over the past year, health care employment has risen by 295,000.
Last week, the Department of Labor announced that 386,000 more jobs were created in the period March 2011 to March 2012 than had been previously estimated. Private sector job creation estimates were also recently revised upward for July (from +141,000 to +181,000) and August (from +96,000 to +142,000).
The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.8%, the lowest point since January of 2009.
"Today's employment report is welcome positive news; however, it shows that our task to put America back to work remains incomplete. Yet the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will spend only eight days in session from August 3 to November 12. This means vital national business has been postponed until after the election, including a comprehensive jobs plan, extended tax cuts for the middle class, and a balanced plan to reduce the deficit without resorting to budget sequestration: across-the-board cuts in defense and domestic programs that would kill hundreds of thousands of jobs."
"According to leading economists, continued uncertainty for small businesses and families across America will dampen economic activity in the final quarter of this year. I and my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus stand ready to work with the GOP on these fundamental building blocks of job growth. Inaction is unacceptable with America's middle class struggling to make ends meet. A nation eager to return to work deserves better than a Do-Nothing House of Representatives."