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Rooney Statement on April Jobs Report


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17) issued the following statement on the April jobs report released today:

"The good news is that the unemployment rate dropped from 7.6 percent to 7.5 percent. The bad news is that more than four years into the Obama presidency, 7.5 percent unemployment qualifies as "good news.'

"The number of underemployed Americans, who want to work more hours but can't, remains high, as weekly hours and wages continue to decline. Obamacare is making it more difficult for Americans to find full-time work, as employers are forced to cut hours and wages in order to comply with the law's costly burdens.

"While any growth in jobs is positive, this is far from the robust level of economic growth and job creation that we should be seeing this far into a recovery, and it contrasts sharply with the results we've seen in Florida over the last two years. The federal government needs to take a page from Governor Scott's playbook, and focus on creating an environment where businesses can grow and add new jobs.

"We need to work together to grow our economy and create jobs by fixing the broken tax code; expanding North American energy production, including Keystone; reducing burdens on small businesses; and providing certainty to businesses and investors by balancing our budget, just like American families do."

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