According to a report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 96,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent. Employment increased in food services and drinking places, in professional and technical services, and in health care.
The report shows that unemployment has held relatively steady between 8.1 and 8.3 percent since the start of the year. The total of unemployed persons, at 12.5 million nationwide, showed little change.
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) commented on the figures via a press release saying in part: "What’s more, tens of thousands of Americans gave up hope last month of finding a job and simply quit looking. This is totally unacceptable. Today’s report underscores President Obama’s failed economic policies. No matter how he tries to paint it, we’ve now had 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent - the longest such stretch since the Great Depression. It’s time for the President to begin seriously considering the 30-plus bills passed by the House which would remove barriers to job growth in America. If he won’t listen to House Republicans, then he should listen to the 12.5 million Americans who are unemployed and the 23.1 million who are underemployed.”
In response, Kyle Layman, Campaign Director for Congressional candidate Raul Ruiz (D-Coachella) told Patch, "Congresswoman Bono Mack can't point to a single thing she's accomplished that would create new jobs. That's exactly why she needs to be replaced."