Four Congressmen Comment on Jobs Number

All four Congressmen with connections to McHenry County weighed in on the unemployment numbers released today.

Below you see their press releases in the order in which they arrived:

Roskam Statement on October Jobs Report

Peter Roskam

WASHINGTON, DC – Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (IL-06) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released their October jobs report showing the national unemployment rate is 9%:

“Nine percent national unemployment is the latest reminder that Senate Democrats need to immediately take up the House’s “Forgotten 15” job-creating bills that are still stalled in the Senate. House Republicans have passed significant bipartisan commonsense solutions that would remove barriers to job creation for America’s economy – yet the Senate still refuses to act.

“Our economy is still suffering from the over-taxing, over-regulating and over-spending policies of the last years from the Democrats that have run Washington. It’s been over two and a half years since the stimulus first passed, yet trillions in debt later, unemployment is still 9% – well above the 8% peak promised by this Administration.”

Manzullo: October Jobs Report Dismal

Don Manzullo

[WASHINGTON] Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) issued the following statement this morning in response to the dismal October jobs report. The Labor Department reported that just 80,000 jobs were created in October, the lowest monthly total in four months:


“This latest dismal jobs report is extremely frustrating. At numerous business roundtables I have held across northern Illinois, I continue to hear the same story. Employers are uncertain about their tax liability and their health care costs, and they are nervous about creating jobs in this weak economy. I can’t blame them. They need to know what their costs are going to be next month, next year, and in five years in order to justify investing in their companies. My American Jobs Agenda would go a long way to help our employers expand and create jobs.

“I urge the President to stop threatening our job creators with tax increases. Let’s work with our employers to help them expand their businesses so they can put people back to work. The House has now approved more than 20 jobs bills that are languishing in the Senate, including some that are supported by the President. I implore the Democrat-controlled Senate to stop stalling, act on these bills and send them to the President so we can give our employers the confidence they need to put Americans back to work.”

Hultgren Statement On The October Jobs Report

Randy Hulgren

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after the October jobs report showed that the economy added only 80,000 jobs last month.

“Another month of dismal economic news underlines the need for the Senate to take immediate action on the twenty-two jobs bills that we have sent them,” said Hultgren. “It’s clear that after thirty-three months of employment at or above eight percent, the private sector isn’t looking for more big-government ‘stimulus’ spending. Instead what the private sector needs is what House Republicans are working hard to create – a pro-growth, pro-jobs economic environment, with low taxes, reasonable regulations, and certainty that Washington bureaucrats will not punish them for their hard work.

“The twenty-two bills we have passed do exactly that. The majority of these bills passed with bipartisan support and all are commonsense proposals that would help spur domestic energy production; make it easier for small companies to register and conduct IPOs; and cut costly, burdensome red tape. I urge the Senate to consider these bills immediately, and help us create a pro-growth environment that will enable the private sector to put Americans back to work and get our economy moving again.”

Additional Background:

A full list of the bills awaiting Senate action is available here.

Unemployment has been at or above nine percent for 28 of the last 30 months, and above eight percent for 33 consecutive months.

Congressman Joe Walsh Statement on the October Jobs Report

Joe Walsh

Washington- Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) released the following statement after the Bureau of Labor and Statistics announced that 80,000 jobs were created in October with the unemployment rate falling to nine percent.

Walsh stated: “Americans want to get back to work. While the numbers released today show a slight improvement in the U.S. unemployment rate, it still is not enough. Unemployment has hovered at nine percent for twenty eight out of the last thirty months, and this trend will continue until we implement a real plan with real solutions. The Senate is currently sitting on twenty jobs bills that have been passed by the House.  Every day the Senate refuses to vote on them, is another day of lost economic growth and job creation.

“Earlier this week I along with fellow Republican Study Committee Members released the ‘Jobs Through Growth Act’ which puts forth an across-the-board plan for robust economic growth and job creation.

“This act simplifies tax codes and offers regulation and energy reforms which will free up the economy and help American job creators to create jobs and put America back to work. This act also includes language from my bill to index capital gains tax inflation (H.R. 2945) which will offer tax relief to American families and small businesses.

“The ‘Jobs Through Growth Act’ gets government out of the way and let’s American businesses grow.  That will create jobs, not more useless stimulus spending from the President.

“I know small business is the key to job creation, not big government. Private business cannot thrive and create the jobs America needs until the government steps aside.”

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