Where are the Jobs?LEGISLATURE SPENDS MONEY; UNEMPLOYMENT GROWS
State GOP Head Says Leadership Failing, “Where Are The Jobs?”
CHARLESTON, W.VA. – In January, the state's unemployment rate climbed nine-tenths of a percentage point to 10.3 percent, according to a news release from WorkForce WV. The number of out-of-work state residents rose to 79,500.
“Unemployment is rising quickly in West Virginia" said Mike Stuart, Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. “Tomblin and the liberal Democrats who control the Legislature are failing West Virginia. Jobs are being lost and the state economy is headed in the wrong direction while the Legislature and Tomblin offer only pay raises as the solution for a better economy.”
“A short three years ago, West Virginia’s unemployment rate stood at 5.7%. When Earl Ray Tomblin took over, it was 8.8%. Today, it has sky-rocketed to 10.3 percent. We are bleeding jobs and the Legislature and Tomblin are standing on the sidelines as spectators rather than offering solutions and creating jobs,” continued Stuart.
“So far in this Legislative session, not a single jobs bill has been proposed, not a single job created, not a single dollar cut from the budget, and the hopes of unemployed and presently-working West Virginians are dashed on a daily basis by Legislators that only want to grow the budget, raise the pay of government workers, and raise taxes,” said Stuart. “The ship of state is sinking and we are offered pay raises as the solution.”
“We need new leadership. Tomblin’s test-drive has failed. Thompson is merely a tool of the unions and big-labor. And Kessler’s power grab has been proven to be purely a power grab. They have no plan for jobs and no plan for our future,” concluded Stuart. “It is time to give Republicans a chance to lead and, if we fail, fire us too.”
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