First District Congressman Ed Whitfield says Friday's report on the September jobs numbers, while good for the short term, is not going to move the nation forward in the long run.
The rate declined from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent because the number of people claiming to be employed soared by 873-thousand, which some have described as an encouraging sign for an economy that's been struggling to create enough jobs.
However, Congressman Whitfield says the numbers are another example of how President Obama's economic policies have failed, and how he is not living up to his promises of dropping the unemployment rate to 5.6 percent or lower.
He adds even though there was a minor decrease in the unemployment rate, the broader rate of unemployed and underemployed remained steady at 14.7 percent and the nation cannot get the 23 million Americans in those categories back to work at this pace.
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