Portman Statement on May Jobs Report

June 7, 2013 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today released the following statement on the May jobs report, showing that the percentage of Americans in the workforce remains near the 30-year low:

“Although it is good to see some net new jobs being added, the report shows a slowing of job growth and a slight increase in the unemployment rate.  Today, thousands of young people across the country are graduating from high school and college, including my daughter.  Unfortunately, the sad reality is that many of these students are getting out of school with bleak prospects of finding a job.  For their sake, and the sake of the unprecedented number of older Americans who are long-term unemployed, we need to do far better than this.  Washington must encourage pro-growth policies that open up opportunities for all Americans.

“For every net job created under President Obama, five people have given up looking for work altogether.  To bring back hope and kick-start economic growth, Washington must promote bipartisan policies to get our economy back on the right track and deal with the record levels of debt.

“To ensure a better tomorrow for all those entering the workforce and currently unemployed, I will continue to fight for pro-jobs tax, entitlement, regulatory and worker retraining reforms and sensible deficit reduction.”