The Labor Department released a disappointing jobs report today as only 74,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in December, falling well short of expectations. An additional 347,000 Americans gave up searching for work and left the work force altogether, resulting in a historically low labor participation rate of only 62.8 percent.
Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, released the following statement today in response to the disappointing jobs report:
"This is an economic disaster, and unfortunately, working Americans are the ones paying for it. For every new job 'created' this month, five people gave up looking for work and dropped out of the work force. It's clear that we are headed in the wrong direction, and it's time to make a change.
"We've tried big government, we've tried over-taxing and over-regulating, and it has failed. Now it's time to get an inefficient and ineffective government out of the way, stop the over-taxing and over-regulating that's put us in this mess, and rebuild our economy from the foundation—by creating good jobs for hard-working Americans."
Bobby Schilling was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois. He has been married to his wife, Christie for 27 years and together they have 10 children. Schilling represented the Illinois 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2012, serving on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Schilling is seeking another term and is running against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.