Ranking Member Mike Lee
on August Jobs Report
WASHINGTON—Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, made the following statement on this morning’s jobs report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor:
“Our nation has made remarkable progress following the pandemic recession, largely thanks to technological innovations and Americans’ efforts to support each other. Yet August’s disappointing gain of 235,000 jobs reflects rising anxiety around the Delta variant. New government restrictions, continuing anti-work incentives, and declining consumer confidence are hindering our ability to fully recover.”
“I am confident in the capacity of the American people to overcome any challenge, and I strongly caution against reinstituting government policies that move us backwards at a critical time. In hindsight, we know that government restrictions placed on communities, schools, and businesses are detrimental to our nation’s social and economic health.”
“Moving forward, reconnecting Americans to work and school must be our priority, and we must continue to support Americans as they choose whether to get vaccinated as a means of combating the virus. Together, this will enable more people to reconnect with the work and social relationships that provide life with meaning and purpose.”
The Joint Economic Committee is Congress’s bicameral economic research center and home of the Social Capital Project, led by Ranking Member Mike Lee.