Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement in response to the Department of Labor's unemployment report for January 2013. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent:
"In the same week President Obama disbanded his Jobs Council, our unemployment rate ticked upward yet again. Today's jobs report shows that the president's lip service to job creation is not working, and that American workers need more than bureaucratic roundtables and fancy speeches to turn around the economy and help the private sector create jobs. With more than 12 million Americans searching for work and economic growth contracting, it is clear that unchecked government spending and higher taxes are not the path to job creation.
"Advancing policies that put Americans back to work is a high priority for House Republicans. We understand the strength of America comes from hard-working individuals looking to create a better life for themselves and their families, not a bigger and more intrusive federal government. I urge the White House and the Senate to join the House in working toward solutions to get government out of the way so small businesses and entrepreneurs can create jobs and put Americans back to work."