Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) commented today on the news that unemployment in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania climbed to 8.2 percent and also climbed locally in the 16th District.
Rep. Pitt's statement follows:
"The news today that more Pennsylvanians are looking for work is worrying. While unemployment may be rising in part because people are getting back into the job pool, this shows how far we have to go before we reach a full recovery.
"The official unemployment rate has in some ways hidden just how bad the recession was. The sad fact is that we have millions of Americans who simply gave up looking for work. I remain very concerned that the government is putting up barriers to the creation of new jobs.
"Just last week, I led an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing looking at how some of the specific regulations of the new health law are making it harder for workers. We need small businesses to get bigger and we need more full time jobs. The health law punishes companies for growing beyond 50 employees and incentivizes the creation of part time work. That's not what we need right now."