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Kline Statement on September Jobs Report

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee’s senior Republican member, issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Labor reported a loss of 95,000 jobs in September and a national unemployment rate stuck at 9.6 percent: 

“American workers and employers are looking for some glimmer of hope that the ruling party in Washington sees their struggles and recognizes the need for a change in course. Month after month, millions of Americans look for work but cannot find it. Month after month, employers seek the confidence they need to expand and thrive, but uncertainty remains. Yet month after month, Democrats in Washington keep our nation on its unsustainable path of deficit spending and looming tax hikes.

“Today’s report is not merely a monthly snapshot but the latest evidence that job creation trends are falling far short of what we need for a sustainable recovery. Our economy remains stagnant, with major indicators showing little or no change despite our need for meaningful growth and expansion. Moreover, yesterday Gallup predicted the jobs picture may be even worse than today’s report reveals, with the most recent unemployment increases not reflected in today’s numbers.

“It’s time for lawmakers to listen and learn – to listen to our constituents and learn from the failed policies that have not delivered the economic recovery the American people were promised. Republicans have made a Pledge to America to immediately focus on job creation by ending economic uncertainty, stopping out of control government spending, and taking other commonsense steps to make America more competitive. Jump-starting the economy and digging out of debt will take time, which is why we must start immediately.”

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