(CNN/WIBW) – A weak jobs report Friday was followed quickly by finger pointing from Republicans, who blamed President Barack Obama for enacting policies that have prevented growth and dissuaded employers from hiring.
U.S. employers created 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%.
Reaction from Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R) Kansas
Washington—Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins issued the following statement today in response to the latest jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In June, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2%.
“Today’s disappointing jobs report marks the third straight month of bad news for the economy. There are still 12.7 million unemployed Americans struggling to find work and millions more that have completely given up looking.
“We have yet to make much, if any, progress in the past six months. We can do better. It is time for Washington to wake up, and start pursuing policies that encourage small businesses to hire, rather than giving them another reason to stay on the sidelines.
“The recent health care decision is a perfect example of a policy that raises costs and increases uncertainty for employers. This is why next week, House Republicans will vote once again to repeal the president’s health care law that is making it more difficult for small businesses to grow.
“In the coming months, it is my hope that all parties in Washington will work together to pursue common-sense solutions that will unshackle the American economy. These solutions include reining in our excessive spending, implementing comprehensive tax reform, and removing the red tape from unnecessary regulations.”