Rep. Robert Hurt Not Impressed with Decrease in Unemployment

May 3, 2013

A new report from the Labor Department shows employers have added well over a hundred thousand jobs over the last few weeks.

The national unemployment rate has dropped to 7.5 percent as 165,000 found work in April.

Employers added 138,000 jobs in March and 332,000 in February. That's 114,000 more over the two months.

The economy has created an average of 208,000 jobs a month from November through April. That's above the 138,000 added in the previous six months.

Virginia's 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt released the following statement on unemployment:

“While it is good news that the national unemployment rate is moving in the right direction, thousands in Virginia’s 5th District remain out of work.

"Many places in our district are experiencing unacceptably high unemployment rates – some nearing double-digits. With our labor force participation rates at historic lows under President Obama’s watch, it is clear that four years of more government, more regulations, and more spending, are discouraging 5th District Virginians and Americans across our country from continuing their search for work.

"As more and more Americans stop their job search each month or resort to underemployment, the House of Representatives remains committed to adopting policies that will create jobs and give them renewed opportunity.

"We remain committed to putting an end to over-regulation on our small businesses, higher taxes on our families, and high fuel prices that destroy jobs and slow economic growth.

"And we remain committed to repealing and replacing the President’s health care law – a law that is destroying jobs, reducing full-time work to part-time, and raising costs for small businesses and families.

"The House will continue its work to adopt policies that will remove the federal government as a barrier to job creation so our small business owners and family farmers can create the jobs our communities need.”


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