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Kline Statement on November 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 the national unemployment rate increased to 9.8 percent during the month of November:

“Today’s jobs report confirms what the American people already know but many in Congress refuse to accept: our economy is on shaky ground and the failed policies out of Washington are not helping. The anemic job creation in the month of November is a tremendous disappointment and a signal that continued economic uncertainty is slowing the pace of recovery. We have now seen 19 consecutive months with an unemployment rate above 9 percent, a figure that does not include the millions of Americans who have grown discouraged and left the job market entirely.

“The federal government cannot legislate and regulate our way to job creation. What Washington can do is foster an environment of certainty that will give families, businesses, and entrepreneurs the confidence to spend, hire, and invest. With only a few weeks left before the holiday season ends and tax filing season begins, all Americans deserve to know what their tax burden will be on January 1. It is time Democrats dropped the politics and stopped the largest tax increase in history from hitting every American taxpayer.”

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