The economy added 209,000 jobs last month, fewer than in June, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Governor Peter Shumlin, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the economy added 146,000 jobs in November and unemployment had been driven down to 7.7 percent:
“Today’s jobs report shows that our economic recovery continues under President Obama’s leadership. Unemployment has been driven down to a four-year low, and Americans created 146,000 jobs last month. The private sector continues to lead the way, creating jobs for 33 months in a row.
“There is still much work to be done, and our recovery is threatened by the failure of Congress to work together on a balanced solution to avert the fiscal cliff. They must act immediately to prevent taxes from going up on middle class Americans, damaging consumer confidence, and slowing our recovery.
“Democratic governors will continue to fight for middle class families as we work to create jobs and expand opportunity.”
Weekly Address: Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts to Grow the Economy
In his weekly address, President Obama says that it’s time for Congress to pass the middle class tax cuts for 98% of all Americans. Both parties agree that this will give 98% of families and 97% of small businesses the certainty that will lead to growth, and so there is no reason to wait. On Tuesday, the American people voted for compromise and action, and the President calls on Congress to come together in that spirit to help create jobs and strengthen our economy.
In his latest attempt to distort President Obama’s consistent record of successfully betting on the American worker, Mitt Romney shamelessly tried to scare voters into thinking that Jeep is moving production to China and taking American jobs with it. The claim is blatantly false: As Chrysler made clear, “Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China.”