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Rodney Davis Critical of Unemployment Figures in 13th District

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Location: Champaign, IL

Rodney Davis, Republican nominee for the 13th Congressional District of Illinois, says July unemployment numbers in each of the five metro areas making up the new district is disheartening.

In figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, unemployment increased in Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Springfield, and the St. Louis Metro East between June and July.

Bloomington-Normal unemployment increased from 7.6% to 7.7%, Champaign-Urbana increased from 9.1% to 9.2%, Springfield from 7.7% to 8.2%, and the Metro East from 9.0 to 9.7%. Additionally, Decatur's already staggering unemployment of 11.0% in June increased to 11.6% in July.

"When are Springfield and Washington going to get the message?" asked Davis. "We must keep taxes low, stop out of control spending, and begin to undo burdensome red tape on our business owners. Government is stopping them from investing in equipment, inventory, and, most of all, people."

Davis also called on Congress to immediately extend the current tax rates beyond January 1.

"If we allow the largest tax increase in our nation's history to occur on January 1, these unemployment numbers are just the beginning," said Davis. "Congress must avoid a tax increase, help our small business owners, and help people here in Central and Southwest Illinois get to work."

Rodney Davis, 42, has lived in the 13th District nearly his entire life. He married his high school sweetheart, Shannon. They and their three children live in Taylorville. To learn more about Rodney's campaign to work aggressively in Congress to end overspending, address the nation's skyrocketing debt, and work to improve the economy to provide a better quality of life for the families of Illinois' 13th Congressional District, visit

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