DeMint Statement on April Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor released its monthly employment report showing that the economy lost 539,000 jobs in April. The national unemployment rate climbed to 8.9%, the highest since 1983.

“Years of runaway deficit spending in Washington and bailouts for failed companies are simply not working to turn the economy around. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs since January and in South Carolina unemployment has doubled since last year, yet Washington keeps trying the same failed spending and bailout policies while expecting different results. We cannot spend our way out of a deficit, tax our way out of a recession, or borrow our way out of debt. The way to put South Carolinians back to work and turn our economy around is for Washington to stop centrally-managing our economy and allow freedom and free enterprise to work.”

“There are some hopeful economic signs, and when small businesses lead us out of this mess it will be in spite of the bailouts not because of them. We need to lower taxes so that healthy companies and small businesses that play by the rules can hire more and more South Carolinians. And it’s time to stop wasteful Washington spending so we can prevent inflation and reduce the massive debt that will have to be paid by our children and grandchildren. People are hurting in this economy, but our nation and our state will come back stronger than ever if we reverse Washington’s control and allow freedom to work.”