Ohio G.O.P. point to unemployment report weaknesses
Friday, October 05, 2012 8:03 PM
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An uptick in job numbers did nothing to impress G.O.P. leaders in Ohio. Not even a dip in the national unemployment rate and 114,000 new jobs could stem the criticism as the November election loomed just over a month away.
Republican Congressman Bob Latta noted on Friday that the number of new jobs reported was still lower than needed."Today's unemployment report is far from the 150,000 new jobs we need to create each month just to keep pace with the population growth," he stated. "This month's report showed the jobs number for those underemployed and those who have given up looking for work remained at 14.7 percent, while the latest economic report showed a decline in economic growth by 1.3 percent. President Obama's economic policies continue to weaken our economy, putting us in the slowest path to recovery in 70 years."
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett added, "It's sad that with over 23-million Americans still unemployed and underemployed this President declares it a victory. Under President Obama, we spent two years with double-digit unemployment until we were rescued by John Kasich, Rob Portman, Republicans in the General Assembly and our other newly elected statewide officeholders."
Among the closely watched numbers coming from the September jobs report, the country lost 16,000 jobs even though 114,000 were added overall.
"With the unemployment rate still significantly higher than promised by the Obama Administration, Ohio is living through the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression, and there is still much work to be done to get people back on their feet," charged Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. "Unfortunately, we continue to see a low workforce participation rate, meaning that for every job created over the past 4 years, 6 people have left the workforce."