NRCC - Unemployment Escalates to 9.7% as Carol Shea-Porter Continues to Defend Jobless Recovery

New August Unemployment Numbers Prove that Democrats’ Policies Still Aren’t Working, Leaves Middle Class Families Asking: “Where are the Jobs?”


Washington- Unemployment numbers for August increased to 9.7%, confirming that Carol Shea-Porter’s continued support for her party leaders’ destructive economic agenda has done nothing to help the ailing economy. More than six months after Shea-Porter voted for the failed $787 billion ‘stimulus’ plan, which passed a mountain of new debt onto New Hampshire families and promised to create new jobs, the country has yet to see any indication of job growth.


“With more than six months under her belt, Carol Shea-Porter has had ample time to take the first steps to turning our economy around,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Middle-class New Hampshire families are suffering to maintain their livelihoods as Shea-Porter continues to defend the Democrats’ so-called “stimulus,” which still hasn’t yielded any results. Now, with the August unemployment rate at an astronomical 9.7%, Shea-Porter still needs to answer the fundamental question: ‘Where are the jobs?’”


Today, the Department of Labor announced that an additional 216,000 Americans lost their jobs in August. The national unemployment rate rose yet again in August and reached a 26-year high of 9.7 percent, exceeding economists’ expectations.


According to Bloomberg, the country’s dire economic situation is expected to continue for the foreseeable future:


“The jobless rate was projected to rise to 9.5 percent. Forecasts ranged from 9.3 percent to 9.8 percent. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg last month projected the jobless rate will reach 10 percent by early 2010 and average 9.8 percent for all of next year.” (Timothy R. Homan, “U.S. Jobless Rate Rises to 9.7%, Highest Since 1983, Bloomberg, 09/04/2009)


With no real progress to show since January, Carol Shea-Porter and Democrat leaders owe New Hampshire families an explanation. How much higher does unemployment have to rise before she will finally make her constituents a higher priority than Nancy Pelosi’s political agenda?