Today, Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement on the unemployment numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the month of August:
"August marks the 43rd month in a row that unemployment has been above 8 percent. This is unacceptable, and a far cry from the economic recovery the president believes to be underway. We are not "doing fine.'
"The workforce has now dropped to its lowest level in 31 years because people have stopped looking for work, yet the president continues to ask for patience and insists we are on the right path. If the workforce were as large as it was when President Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.2%. Simply put, we shouldn't celebrate lower unemployment numbers because people stop looking for work, and we shouldn't continue to settle for the status quo when it clearly isn't working.
"House Republicans have passed nearly 40 jobs bills that will get Americans back to work, but the Democrat-led Senate refuses to consider them. America deserves better, and you can rest assured I will continue to fight for pro-growth, job-creating policies."