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Unemployment Rose to 9.9% in April Despite Census Hires

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released April jobs numbers Friday morning showing the national unemployment rate rose to 9.9%.

According to the report, 15.3 million Americans are out of work.  This number does not reflect those who have stopped looking for work.

The bureau reports a total rise of 290,000 jobs in nonfarm payroll employment in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality.  Yet the number also includes a steep rise in Federal government employment of temporary workers for Census 2010.

According to the Census director’s blog, a staggering 600,000 temporary workers have been hired by the Census. The average length of Census employment is around six weeks.

“Positive job growth is always welcome news, but this rising and painfully high unemployment rate is a far cry from President Obama’s promise that the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ would keep joblessness from rising above eight percent.  It has not, and millions have lost their jobs while Washington Democrats continue to push job-killing policies that pile more debt onto the backs of our kids and grandkids,”said House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).  “These misguided policies include a massive government takeover of health care, a Wall Street bailout bill, a value-added tax, a gas tax, and a government takeover of the Internet, all of which will kill jobs. 

“Out-of-control spending in Washington has produced a Mount Everest of debt that we are asking future generations to climb,” House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said of the new report.  “Even if the economy added 250,000 jobs every month, it would take nearly five years to get back to full employment. Five years is too long. It doesn’t help matters that job creators have already indicated that the new health care law will substantially increase their costs causing workers to lose their jobs.”

“I look at the horrible images coming out of Greece and I am struck by the reality of what can happen when a country goes on a shopping spree without paying its bills,” Cantor said.  “Thank goodness America is not at that point. We have time to right the ship and get serious about tackling our own debt crisis. But we have to start now. Until we do, sustainable-job growth may not be possible.”

Rep. Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, is also concerned about Democrats’ continuation of the big government solution-centered policies.

“These are difficult times for America’s families and today’s unemployment report delivers even more bad news,” Pence said.  “Democrats continue to advance a liberal agenda that is doing more harm than good. The Democrat policies of taxing, spending and bailouts are having a chilling effect on job creators across the country.”

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, points out unemployed Census workers and new college graduates will soon impact the jobs market.

“The President said 90 percent of the jobs created by the stimulus would be in the private sector, but that has clearly not happened with temporary Census jobs accounting for nearly a quarter of the net new jobs created last month,” Price said.  “Temporary jobs with the Census are good news for those workers in the short-run, but their long-term outlook remains clouded by the Democrats’ job-killing agenda.  With a new crop of college graduates just entering the workforce and 15 million Americans already unable to find a job, the robust private sector job growth we need clearly remains elusive under failed Democrat policies.”

"The most tragic part of this story is that it did not have to be this way,” Price added. “While Democrats rushed through an $862 billion stimulus focused on growing government, Republicans offered better solutions that would have incentivized savings and investment and let the American people keep more of their hard-earned money.”
 
According to the House Ways & Means Committee Republicans, the 9.9 % unemployment rate is 2.5 percentage points (34%) higher than the unemployment rate Obama promised if his stimulus bill was enacted.

 

According to an analysis by the Heritage Foundation, “In total, the U.S. economy has now lost a net of 2.6 million jobs since President Barack Obama signed his $862 billion stimulus plan. We are 7.6 million jobs short of the 137.8 million [President Obama] promised the American economy would support by 2010.”

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