REID STATEMENT ON SEPTEMBER EMPLOYMENT REPORT
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement on the September employment report. According to the Labor Department, the economy added 148,000 jobs in September and unemployment dropped to 7.2 percent:
“The recent Republican-led government shut down, and the brinkmanship over the full faith and credit of the United States, showed that Congress has two choices: approve measures that accelerate the recovery, or allow political gridlock to drag down our economic growth. Today’s numbers, while positive, show that despite years of private sector growth, the economy is not creating the number of jobs American families need. For many in Nevada who can’t find work, these are not statistics, but reality. This makes the upcoming budget conference even more urgent—to ensure we budget for investments in our economy, in jobs and in infrastructure that support long-term job creation and economic growth.
“I hope my Republican colleagues learned over the past weeks that the nation’s economic well-being should not be a bargaining chip. Part of our joint efforts should involve finding a way to reverse the impending sequester cuts, which could further slow economic recovery. Our economy needs certainty and the only missing ingredient to achieve that goal is political will from Republicans.”