Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] made the following statement regarding the January unemployment report released this morning:
"The unemployment and GDP reports released this week require serious focus from Congress and the President. Washington needs to spend more time working to unleash the economic potential of hardworking Americans," said Rothfus. "It was very disappointing to learn yesterday that President Obama abandoned his jobs council at a time when so many Americans are unemployed and underemployed."
"I will work with any colleague in the House or Senate who shares a commitment to getting Americans back to work. We must reform the tax code, reduce excessively burdensome regulations, cut wasteful government spending, and expand energy production in Pennsylvania and around the nation."
The U.S. Department of Labor announced this morning the jobless rate increased to 7.9% and over 12.3 million Americans are unemployed.
The economy shrank for the first time in over three and a half years in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
President Obama disbanded his jobs council this week after only four meetings in two years and amidst a shrinking economy, declining consumer confidence, and a growing number of Americans who are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work.