September 01, 2023

Chairman Arrington on August Jobs Report

Today, House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its jobs report for August 2023, which showed unemployment rise to 3.8% and a downward revision in jobs over the last few months:

"America’s families and small businesses are still feeling the squeeze of Washington’s reckless tax-and-spend policies. Prices are going up, the cost of doing business is going up, and it’s becoming more expensive for companies to retain employees.

While jobs continue to be added to the economy, upticks in part-time work means hardworking people are being forced into the unpredictability of seasonal, temporary, or part-time employment. Americans deserve more than a jobs report that checks a “yes or no” employment box; they want an economy that provides access to permanent and full-time jobs with benefits, affordable food and gas, quality healthcare, and a livelihood they can depend on. 

The only way to truly reverse Biden’s trend of rising unemployment and underwhelming job growth, especially in divided government, is for Washington lawmakers to put their short-term political ambitions aside and come to the table ready to offer meaningful, pro-growth solutions that will deliver what families and businesses need. 

The American people are the most resilient and dynamic people in the world; and they deserve a government that reflects that.”