Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement regarding the latest August 2013 unemployment report:
"This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate has reached 7.3 percent during the month of August, falling from 7.4 percent in July. At a first glance, this slight drop in unemployment would appear to indicate a recovering economy, but unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, the drop in the unemployment is likely more attributable to the over 300,000 Americans who have given up on finding work in this struggling recovery. While I was pleased to hear that 169,000 jobs were added this past month, far too many Americans remain unemployed and continue to bear the burden of this Administration's failed policies.
"I have been traveling throughout the Fifth District this month, listening to the concerns of my constituents. I met with many individuals, small businesses, and family farmers along Route 29, and conversations I had with them only reaffirmed my certainty that this Administration's regulations and taxes are strangling both our local and our national economy.
"Our Main Street businesses are being forced to cut employee hours as a result of the burdensome regulations coming out of this Administration and the President's healthcare overhaul at a time when our fragile economy can ill afford to lose employment. There are parts of our district that are experiencing unemployment rates in the double-digits, and that is simply unacceptable.
"We in the House remain committed to advancing policies that will get our fiscal house in order and get our economy back on track. I look forward to continuing our work to create jobs, grow the economy, and get Virginians and Americans back to work."