Unemployment Numbers Jump as Dems Fight for Failed Dem Policies

June 3, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Jason Altmire (PA-04), John Barrow (GA-12), Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Dan Boren (OK-02), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Ben Chandler (KY-06), David Cicilline (RI-01), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Jim Costa (CA-20), Jerry Costello (IL-12), Mark Critz (PA-12), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Joe Donnelly (IN-02), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jim Himes (CT-04), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Tim Holden (PA-17), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Jay Inslee (WA-01), Steve Israel (NY-02), Bill Keating (MA-10), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), Larry Kissell (NC-08), Rick Larsen (WA-02), David Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Matheson (UT-02), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Michael Michaud (ME-02), Brad Miller (NC-13), Bill Owens (NY-23), Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Gary Peters (MI-09), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), David Price (NC-04), Nick Rahall (WV-03), Mike Ross (AR-04), Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Adam Smith (WA-09), Betty Sutton (OH-13), Niki Tsongas (MA-05), Pete Visclosky (IN-01), Tim Walz (MN-01), Anthony Weiner (NY-09), John Yarmuth (KY-03)
Unemployment Numbers Jump as Brad Miller Fights for Failed Dem Policies
Miller Stubborn in Support of Dem Agenda as Economy Remains Weak

Washington — With the unemployment numbers released today showing that there is still much work to be done to help spur the economy and create jobs, Democrats like Brad Miller refuse to see the writing on the wall and continue to fight for failed Democrat policies. As unemployment figures remain unacceptably high, Miller also remains steadfast in supporting the Democrat’s tax-and-spend agenda that has failed to create jobs while continuing to burden North Carolina families with debt.

“This should serve as a fresh reminder to Brad Miller and his party leaders that our economy is not going to produce jobs until Democrats end the spending spree and job-crushing policies that continue to define their control of Washington,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “In a time when middle class families in North Carolina are desperate for good economic news and lower unemployment, Miller and his party leaders continue to further threaten an already fragile economy by refusing to make major cuts in government spending. Miller has refused to support pro-growth initiatives and instead chooses to play partisan games in Washington at the expense of those he represents in North Carolina.”

Unemployment was at 9.1 % in May:

“Employers added 54,000 jobs in May, fewest in 8 months; unemployment rate rose to 9.1 pct.” (AP, 6/3/11)

Meanwhile, the number of those looking for work has decreased, meaning that unemployment figures could be higher than they seem:

“The percentage of adults in the labor force is a figure that economists call the participation rate. It is 64.2 percent, the smallest since 1984…Normally after a recession, an improving economy lures job seekers back into the labor market. This time, many are staying on the sidelines. Their decision not to seek work means the drop in unemployment from 9.8 percent in November to 9 percent in April isn’t as good as it looks. (Paul Wiseman, “More job seekers give up, reducing unemployment,” Associated Press, 6/02/11)

A report from Moody’s released on Thursday also underscored that a debt limit increase without major spending cuts – a position supported by a majority of House Democrats – could further threaten an already fragile economy:

“Whether the outlook on the rating would be stable or negative would depend upon whether the outcome of the negotiations included meaningful progress toward substantial and credible long-term deficit reduction. Such reduction would imply stabilization within a few years and ultimately a decline in the government’s debt ratios, including the ratio of debt to GDP.” (Dan Arnall, “Moody’s Will Review U.S. Credit Rating if No Debt Limit Progress in the Coming Weeks,” ABC News’ The Note Blog, 6/2/11)

As families in North Carolina remain gravely concerned about unemployment and job creation, Brad Miller continues to show that he is a reliable rubberstamp for the Democratic agenda that has bankrupted the country and driven up unemployment.