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McKeon says Dems should focus on creating jobs, not health care reform

Posted: November 9, 2009 12:57 p.m.
Updated: November 9, 2009 2:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Friday, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor showed a loss of 190,000 jobs in October, with the national unemployment rate reaching 10.2 percent, a 26-year high:

"With job losses mounting and American families struggling to get by, it's shocking that (House Speaker Nancy) Pelosi is attempting to pass a trillion dollar government takeover of our health care system. The Majority's proposed bill, tentatively scheduled for a vote on Saturday, includes hundreds of billions of dollars in crushing taxes on small businesses; while small business creates 70 percent of all new jobs. Burdening our nation's small businesses is just bad policy.

"California's unemployment is sitting at over 12 percent -- 12; and now the nation's unemployment is well over 10 percent. This is a serious situation that requires full attention from the nation's leaders, but instead, Democrats are strictly focused on taking over the country's health care system. It is unfathomable."

Compliments of the House Republican Conference
While Democrats Ignore Unemployment, Americans Pay the Price

November 6, 2009

"Our team is working with members of Congress every day on this issue (health care), and it is my highest legislative priority."
-President Barack Obama, July 10, 2009.

Today, the Department of Labor reported that unemployment reached a staggering 10.2 percent for the month of October, the highest level in 26 years. While Americans suffer, Democrats are spending their time trying to force Pelosi's health care takeover through Congress. The shocking 10.2 percent unemployment only tells part of the story of the struggles of average Americans that Democrats ignore. A deeper look at the numbers reveals the true cost of the Democrats' economic policies, especially for the nation's most vulnerable people.

15,700,000: Americans unemployed and looking for work-the highest number ever. Since the trillion dollar Democrat "stimulus" was passed, the number of unemployed Americans has increased by nearly three million.

190,000: Individuals whose jobs were eliminated in October.

1,737,000: People unemployed in October because they have been laid off.

2,804,000: Jobs lost since Democrats' "stimulus" was passed in February.

9,284,000: People who are working only part-time because they cannot find full time employment.

2,373,000: People who want work, but who are not currently looking because of the state of the economy.

5,594,000: People unemployed and searching for work for more than 27 weeks-the highest level ever.

1,090,000: Job seekers that are new entrants to the workforce and have yet to find a job.

26.9: Average number of weeks job seekers are unemployed after losing their jobs-the highest number since the statistic was first recorded in 1948.

27.6%: Unemployment rate among job seekers between the ages of 16 and 19-the highest level since the statistic was first measured in 1948.

15.7%: Unemployment rate among African Americans-the highest level since 1985.

13.1%: Unemployment rate among Hispanics and Latinos.

17.5%: Rate of underemployment, accounting for the unemployed and those who are unable to find adequate work.

15.5%: Unemployment rate among job seekers without a high school degree.

65.1%: Rate of the U.S. population in the workforce.


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