Thursday, September 20, 2012

House Minority Leader’s Statement on Massachusetts’ Rising Unemployment Rate

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to the Commonwealth’s most recent unemployment figures, which reflect a loss of 4,800 jobs in the month of August, and statewide unemployment rising to 6.3%:

"The most recent unemployment numbers are further confirmation of an out-of- touch Governor, and should serve as a harsh wake-up call to the residents and voters of the Commonwealth that the lackluster approach towards economic recovery by the Patrick Administration is not sufficient.

As is often the case, Governor Patrick and his Administration are trying to pull the wool over our eyes by playing games with unemployment figures. Revised numbers show that Massachusetts in fact only gained 300 jobs in July – a far cry from the 1,600 first reported by the Governor.

Instead of trying to unleash Massachusetts’ potential so the close to 219,000 unemployed or underemployed residents can get back to work, Governor Patrick is traipsing around the country playing chief surrogate for a President who doesn’t have a much better record of job creation or growth to run on himself.

As was evident when we proposed our comprehensive Jobs Package – months before Democrats - Massachusetts Republicans remain committed to helping small business owners and the thousands of unemployed in Massachusetts – with or without the help of the Democratic Party."