The Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment figures for the month of March showing 88,000 jobs created and 496,000 Americans dropping out of the labor pool. The unemployment rate slightly fell to 7.6 percent.
Congressman Pitts' statement follows:
"Today's unemployment rate was bad news for Americans looking for work. Most worrying, many more Americans had to give up looking for a job last month. No one in America should lose hope in the prospect of finding a good job.
"We need vibrant growth to encourage every American who wants a job to seek one out. The Federal Reserve recently reported that the uncertainty of the new health care law is causing many employers to hold off on new hiring. Senator Toomey and I were at a local employer this week talking about how federal sugar policies hurt employment in the food industry. The same day we sat down with Hispanic business leaders in Reading to hear about the challenges they face dealing with federal agencies. We have to work together to lower these and other barriers to job creation."