U.S. Rep. Ron Kind today made the following statement following the Department of Labor's report that the economy added 54,000 jobs in May and unemployment rose to 9.1 percent.
"Though May marks the 15th consecutive month of private sector job growth, with 83,000 private sector jobs added, the numbers are disappointing. It is obvious that even though our economy is recovering, it's still slow moving. There is a lot more that needs to be done.
"Yes, we must cut spending and ensure our long-term fiscal health, but gridlock over spending cuts does not create jobs. We need bipartisan compromise that focuses on fiscal responsibility while maintaining investments in our communities that continue to create jobs and grow the economy.
"Creating jobs and getting Wisconsinites back to work is my number one priority. To do that, our focus should be on investments in innovation and technology and growing our manufacturing sector. We must make significant investments in science, education, research and innovation to create the jobs of the future. And we must focus on America's ability to build, construct and grow manufacturing in Wisconsin and across the country to remain globally competitive. These efforts can and will spur job growth and ensure our nation can compete and be a leader in a global economy."