Illinois Reps on Obama's Dismal Jobs Numbers

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama has had the worst economic recovery in American history. He promised to have America back to work by his first year in office by now in year 4 we are still seeing an 8 percent unemployment rate. And so many people have just given up looking for work, if we’d have had the same job participation rate with the workforce as we did when Obama took office we’d be seeing an 11% unemployment rate.

A few Illinois Rpublicans issued statements on this horrid state of economic recovery after the recent jobs report.

Peter Roskam is the Republican’s Chief Deputy Whip in the House. He is also the Congressman for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. His office put out a statement on the jobs numbers. (

Roskam on August Jobs Report

Bloomingdale, IL—Today, Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after the Department of Labor reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in the month of August, while national unemployment fell to 8.1 percent because of a drop in the labor force:

“Today’s disappointing jobs report underscores how soaring rhetoric on job growth is nice, but it doesn’t put people back to work. The number of jobs gained in recent months does not come close to the amount that has been lost over the last four years. Growth is stagnant and millions of Americans are still unable to find work.

“Soon after taking office, President Obama pledged that unemployment would remain below eight percent. Not only did unemployment rise to ten percent months after that promise was made, but unemployment has stayed above eight percent for 43 consecutive months.

“For the last three and a half years, the American people have listened to the same hollow promises and recycled talking points about regaining economic strength and protecting the middle class; yet without a credible plan from the president to avoid the coming fiscal cliff, America will plunge into another recession. House Republicans have passed our plan to avoid the coming disaster on January 1, 2013–it is time the president and Senate Democrats step up with theirs.”

8th District Congressman Joe Walsh had this to say: (

The Department of Labor reported only 96,000 jobs were created in August, and the unemployment rate lowered slightly to 8.1%, as more Americans quit looking for work. The workforce participation rate fell to 63.5%, the lowest in 30 years. The government also said 41,000 fewer jobs were created in June and July than first estimated. The economy has added just 139,000 jobs a month since the beginning of the year below 2011’s average of 153,000. In reaction to these numbers, Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) released the following statement:

“Not only is this the 43rd straight month that unemployment has stayed above 8 percent, but it’s also the weakest labor market in 30 years. How many more months of this do we need before Tammy Duckworth wakes up and realizes that big government is not the answer?

“Unfortunately, big government policies are the only polices my opponent supports. She’s spent so much time campaigning in Beverly Hills and New York City that she’s lost touch with 8th district families and businesses. She actually thinks this is a good economy and we are better off than we were four years ago. But the families and businesses I’ve been talking to are struggling and need government off their backs.

“My opponent’s policies, which overspend, over-regulate, and raise taxes on small businesses, have destroyed enough 8th district jobs already. It’s time to get big government out of the way.”

Bobby Schilling of the Illinois 17th Congressional District, says: (

Today U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) issued the following statement after the release of the September jobs report:

“It’s time to try something different. We’ve tried it the Washington way, and it’s failed. Big government has failed. It’s time to give the power back to the people and let them do what they do best—create jobs and grow this economy.

“With unemployment above 8 percent for the 43rd straight month, and with real unemployment still hovering around 15 percent, my opponent continues to prioritize tax hikes and government takeovers. That doesn’t make a lot of sense. Our first priority should be getting hard-working people back to work.

“I’ve fought to create jobs in the House by voting for and passing more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills. I’ve worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to boost our private sector and create a more favorable climate for job creators.

“We have a plan to get this economy moving again, and that plan involves we, the people. Government needs to stop the over-taxation and over-regulation and let small business and manufacturing flourish.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee also sent out a release on the jobs report. (

August Jobs Numbers Beg The Question That Obama & Foster Can’t Answer: “Where Are the Jobs?”

As Democrats Rally For Four More Years Of Obama’s Failed Policies, Disappointing August Job Numbers Signal Bleak Outlook

Washington — National unemployment for the month of August was announced today at the unacceptably high rate of 8.1 percent. Held by a broken promise that the unemployment rate would be below 6 percent under the Obama administration, Democrats continue to obstruct Illinois small businesses with job-destroying government regulations and a relentless pursuit of their deficit-spending addiction. President Obama’s rhetoric last night failed to answer the one key question for the future of this country.

“Behind every speech by President Obama are the statistics that tell the real story of his disappointing time in office, and these grim jobs numbers for August are a case in point,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “The Democrats’ economy simply isn’t working, and Americans are still asking the question that Bill Foster and his party can’t answer: ‘Where are the jobs?’”

In August, the national unemployment rate remained unacceptably high at 8.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/7/2012)

In contrast, the White House predicted the unemployment rate would be at about 5.6% by now if we passed their stimulus. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed 9/7/2012; American Enterprise Institute, 8/3/2012)

Four years of broken policies have had lasting economic imprints, further hindering job creation and leading to 42 consecutive months of unemployment at or above 8 percent:

“The stagnation of the labor market in particular is a grave concern not only because of the enormous suffering and waste of human talent it entails, but also because persistently high levels of unemployment will wreak structural damage on our economy that could last for many years,” (Pedro da Costa and Alister Bull, “Bernanke says Fed ready to act but short on specifics,” Reuters, 9/1/2012)

But President Obama continues to celebrate, believing his big-government, job-crushing policies have ‘worked’:

“Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked. That’s the difference.” (“Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event,” The White House, 7/25/2012)

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