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WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's May jobs report stating the national unemployment rate has increased to 8.2 percent:

"Today's weak jobs report further confirms what nearly 13 million unemployed Americans already knew, that the Obama economy isn't working. It isn't working for the one in two recent college graduates who can't get a good job. It isn't working for middle class families whose median income has dropped by $4,350. And it isn't working for the 28,000 construction workers who lost their jobs in the month of May. Yet President Obama continues to block job-creating projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, which would create 20,000 jobs, many in the construction industry.

"The president's policies of wasteful government spending, massive tax increases, and more job-killing regulations have failed to get Americans back to work. After a record 40 straight months of unemployment above eight percent, it is clear that President Obama's policies have made the economy worse."