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Florida Voices: National Unemployment Mark

July 5, 2012 - 6:00pm

Unemployment in the U.S. remained at 8.2 percent, the nation added 80,000 jobs in June, far below the number hoped-for to significantly reduce the backlog of nearly 13 million unemployed.

Gov. Rick Scott

It will be nice when we get below the national average, because 18 months ago when I took office we were the highest in the country.

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta

This unemployment report highlights the fact that our economy, under President Obamas failed policies, is moving in the wrong direction. Instead of growing and creating jobs at the rapid pace we historically have seen after a recession, our economy remains stagnant and job creation has stalled.

Our businesses simply cant grow or hire new workers while the president threatens them with massive tax hikes, piles on costly new regulations, and blocks energy policies that would bring down fuel costs. Small-business owners face grave uncertainty about the future, and the presidents policies are making things worse.

The House has passed dozens of jobs bills that would help the private sector grow and create jobs, but those bills cant even get a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate. With unemployment remaining above 8 percent for 41 straight months, Senate Democrats need to stop dragging their feet and get to work for Americas families and small businesses.

Florida CFO Jeff Atwater
(The Bottom Line)

The U.S. unemployment rate held at 8.2 percent in June and the economy gained 80,000 jobs, short of the 100,000 increase that was projected. Employment in professional and business services grew the most (47,000-plus), but many of these new jobs were for temporary help services.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami (via Twitter)

The Senate Dems gush abt support for Hisps but fail 2 mention they r obstructing over 30 jobs bills from becoming law.

U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden (via Twitter)

Unemployment 8%+ for 41 consecutive months. Americans deserve more than a dismal pace. They deserve real solutions.

Florida Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami

Is he serious? VIDEO: Obama On 8.2% Unemployment: 'Step In The Right Direction.'"

Sean Snaith, Director, University of Central Floridas Institute for Economic Competitiveness

Not sure if its that big of a surprise to see whats happened in the labor market in June considering what transpired around us -- a recovery that haslost momentum and labor market not performing the way we need it considering how many jobs were lost and how many people are long-term unemployed.

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