August 05,2011

Press Contact:

Julia Lawless, Antonia Ferrier, 202.224.4515

Hatch Statement on Job Numbers for July

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement today after the monthly jobs and unemployment numbers were released for July:

"The American people have had enough of the partisan games and are demanding real solutions to jump start our economy and put people back to work. Some policymakers suggest that more Washington spending is a salve to our economic woes, but as the debt crisis in Europe shows, cutting back on spending is essential to the health of our economy. Some say we should raise taxes to deal with our debt, but with unemployment remaining over 9 percent, that would crush a recovery that is so needed.

“A pro-growth agenda that puts the American people - not Washington - in the driver's seat is what our nation desperately needs. Passing trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea would pump more than $14 billion into the economy and create 250,000 jobs. Reforming our burdensome tax code would put businesses on a level playing field against our global competitors. And reductions to the administration’s costly federal regulations will liberate these entrepreneurs to create jobs."

Today the U.S. Department of Labor reported the nation’s unemployment edged down to 9.1 percent in July with employers adding 117,000 jobs to their payrolls in July.