Illinois unemployment rises

Hey, what happened to all those jobs that the stimulus, TARP and other harebrained plans were supposed to generate. Said the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates rose in 43 states last month, the
government said Friday, painting a bleak picture of the job market that
illustrated nationwide data released two weeks ago.

In Illinois, the jobless rate rose to 11.1 percent, AP also reported in Crain's.  That prompted this response from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.):

Roskam: We Need a
New Direction After Illinois' 11.1% Unemployment

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.),
Deputy Whip and member of the Ways & Means Committee, issued the
following statement after the Illinois Department of Labor reported that
Illinois' unemployment rate now stands at 11.1%, an increase of 3.3% since
President Obama was inaugurated:

"These latest job numbers confirm that Illinoisans are seriously struggling,
and massive spending from Congressional Democrats isn't providing the help
they need. We were promised that unemployment would not go above 8% if we
only passed a trillion-dollar stimulus, yet Illinois' 11.1% unemployment
almost one year later confirms it's failure. And while my constituents have
and continue to want our focus to be on jobs, Democrats
in Congress have instead spent this year focused on a government takeover of
healthcare that will do nothing to help our economic woes.

We need a change in direction. What Americans were demanding a year
ago, they are still demanding now: a focus on jobs and the economy. We need
to focus on pro-jobs policies, shrinking the size of government and reducing
our massive debt. Devoting all our time to a healthcare takeover that the
public heavily opposes is not the responsible way to govern."


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