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By Congressman Robert Hurt
This past week, the Department of Labor issued the latest unemployment report indicating that 7.5 percent of Americans who are looking for work still cannot find a job. And as I traveled across the 5th District this week, from Pittsylvania County to Fauquier, it is clear that policies handed down from Washington are continuing to burden our families, farmers, and small businesses.
Millions across the country and thousands in Virginia’s 5th District remain out of work. Many places in our district continue to struggle with unacceptably high unemployment rates – some nearing double-digits. Additionally, our labor force participation rates are at historic lows under President Obama’s watch, and many have given up their job search all together. It is clear that four years of more government, more regulations, and more spending are discouraging 5th District Virginians and Americans across our country from continuing their search for work.
As more and more Americans stop their job search each month or resort to underemployment, the House of Representatives remains committed to adopting policies that will create jobs and give them renewed opportunity. We remain committed to putting an end to over-regulation on our small businesses, higher taxes on our families, and high fuel prices that destroy jobs and slow economic growth.
And we in the House remain committed to repealing and replacing the President’s health care law – a law that is destroying jobs, reducing full-time work to part-time, and raising costs for small businesses and families. The House will continue its work to adopt policies that will remove the federal government as a barrier to job creation so our small business owners and family farmers can create the jobs our communities need.
If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.