US Unemployment Rate: House Speaker John Boehner on 'Disappointing' 6.1 Percent Unemployment Rate
The national unemployment rate declined in August, but Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, expressed disappointment with the figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent, to 6.1 percent. In comparison to August 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted the latest figure is down 1.1 percentage points from 7.2 percent.
Boehner called the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report "disappointing," especially following the announcement from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projecting only 1.5 percent GDP growth for the remainder of 2014.
"[The latest unemployment report] shows a pattern of weakness in the Obama economy that has too many Americans still asking, 'where are the jobs?'" Boehner said in a statement.
According to Boehner, Republicans have listened to constituents and advanced resolutions to help create or provide more jobs. The House speaker added the GOP worked on lowering costs at home and restoring opportunity for all Americans "and we'll maintain that focus in the weeks and months ahead."
"But our common-sense solutions have run up against a brick wall in the Senate, where Democrats are more worried about keeping their jobs than helping families find work," Boehner added. "Americans are suffering the consequences of Senate Democrats' inaction, and they deserve better. With job growth slowing to its lowest level this year, Senate Democrats are out of excuses for stalling the dozens of House-passed jobs bills that are stuck in that chamber."
"It's time for them to get to work," Boehner said.
Boehner's criticism of the Democrats continued in an op-ed for Time. He said Congressional lawmakers do not have to wait until after Election Day to collaborate. Boehner said a "real difference" could take place if Senate Democrats "change course."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics noted job growth during August increased in construction, "food services and drinking places," health care and in professional and business services such as architectural and engineering services.
"This figure is a marker of the progress that has been made, but also a reminder that more must still be done to create jobs, especially for the long-term unemployed, and grow the middle class. Although the pace of job gains in August was below recent months, the broader trends are moving in the right direction," Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, added.
The U.S. Latino unemployment rate saw its first decline following increases since May. The August unemployment rate among Latinos is 7.5 percent, a decrease from June and July's sustained figure of 7.8 percent. In August 2013, the seasonally adjusted Latino unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.
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