Long term unemployment numbers? You can't trick us.

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Communications • November 18, 2014

Recent reports have shown dropping unemployment numbers. It’s 5.8%, the lowest it’s been since 2007. But these numbers don’t tell the full story. The Administration has left an entire demographic out of their count and are only focusing on “positive” numbers. It’s time for a reality check.

Long term unemployment, defined as individuals who have been out of the workforce for 32.7 weeks or longer, has doubled since 2007. As of now, it stands at 1.9% — which may seem minuscule — but it’s higher today than it ever was between 1983 until the Great Recession.

Numbers don’t lie, and neither does the fear that Americans’ have for our nations’ future. A larger group of people with long term unemployment will negatively affect our economy, and as these numbers rise, the morale of Americans will dwindle as well.

Democrats advocate for a 30 hour work week under Obamacare, so that people can pursue their passions. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested this work week will allow people to become a writer, photographer, artist, or…whatever. Yes, actual quote.

The Administration seems to think that they’ve fixed our economy, but it’s just one more example of Democrats putting a Band-Aid on a wound that needs stitches. Millions of Americans are still without jobs, and the President and his Administration aren’t working fast enough to fix it. Rather than be up front and honest, they have become complacent with their own expectations of how to fix the economy. House Republicans know that we can do better.

We have passed over 40 bills in the Republican-controlled House and will continue to pass more bills until the Democrat-controlled Senate responds. Republicans are fighting to find solutions; Democrats are perpetuating the problem. The ball is in their court now; it’s time for them to act on it.

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