Unemployment Escalates to 9.7% as Larry Kissell Continues to Defend Jobless Recovery

September 4, 2009

FYI, a version of the release below went out to the following districts: John Adler (NJ-03); Jason Altmire (PA-04); Michael Arcuri (NY-24); John Barrow (GA-12); John Boccieri (OH-16); Allen Boyd (FL-02); Chris Carney (PA-10); Travis Childers (MS-01); Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03); Joe Donnelly (IN-02); Steve Driehaus (OH-01); Chet Edwards (TX-17); Brad Ellsworth (IN-08); Bill Foster (IL-14); Gabby Giffords (AZ-08); Alan Grayson (FL-08); Debbie Halvorson (IL-11); Martin Heinrich (NM-01); Baron Hill (IN-09); Jim Himes (CT-04); Steve Kagen (WI-08); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); Ron Kind (WI-03); Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01); Larry Kissell (NC-08); Ron Klein (FL-22); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24); Frank Kratovil (MD-01); Dan Maffei (NY-25); Betsy Markey (CO-04); Jim Marshall (GA-08); Eric Massa (NY-29); Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Harry Mitchell (AZ-05); Dennis Moore (KS-03); Glenn Nye (VA-02); David Obey (WI-07); Tom Perriello (VA-05); Gary Peters (MI-09); Chellie Pingree (ME-01); Ciro Rodriguez (TX-23); Loretta Sanchez (CA-47); Mark Schauer (MI-07); Kurt Schrader (OR-05); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01); Zack Space (OH-18); Bart Stupak (MI-01); Harry Teague (NM-02); Dina Titus (NV-03); Tim Walz (MN-01); David Wu (OR-01); and John Yarmuth (KY-03).

Unemployment Escalates to 9.7% as Larry Kissell Continues to Defend Jobless Recovery
New August Unemployment Numbers Prove that Democrats’ Policies Still Aren’t Working, Leaves Middle Class  Families Asking: “Where are the Jobs?”

Washington- Unemployment numbers for August increased to 9.7%, confirming that Larry Kissell’s continued support for his party leaders’ destructive economic agenda has done nothing to help the ailing economy. More than six months after Kissell voted for the failed $787 billion ‘stimulus’ plan, which passed a mountain of new debt onto North Carolina families and promised to create new jobs, the country has yet to see any indication of job growth.

 “With more than six months under his belt, Larry Kissell has had ample time to take the first steps to turning our economy around,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Middle-class North Carolina families are suffering to maintain their livelihoods as Kissell continues to defend the Democrats’ so-called “stimulus,” which still hasn’t yielded any results. Now, with the August unemployment rate at an astronomical 9.7%, Kissell still needs to answer the fundamental question: ‘Where are the jobs?’”

Today, the Department of Labor announced that an additional 216,000 Americans lost their jobs in August. The national unemployment rate rose yet again in August and reached a 26-year high of 9.7 percent, exceeding economists’ expectations.

According to Bloomberg, the country’s dire economic situation is expected to continue for the foreseeable future:

“The jobless rate was projected to rise to 9.5 percent. Forecasts ranged from 9.3 percent to 9.8 percent. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg last month projected the jobless rate will reach 10 percent by early 2010 and average 9.8 percent for all of next year.” (Timothy R. Homan, “U.S. Jobless Rate Rises to 9.7%, Highest Since 1983, Bloomberg, 09/04/2009)


With no real progress to show since January, Larry Kissell and Democrat leaders owe North Carolina families an explanation. How much higher does unemployment have to rise before he will finally make his constituents a higher priority than Nancy Pelosi’s political agenda?