WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) February Employment Report:

 “The February Employment Report reveals unemployment has fallen below 9% for the first time since April 2009, providing Americans a long awaited opportunity to feel optimistic about the nation’s economic recovery. Most promising is news that this improvement was driven by the private sector, which added 222,000 jobs in February, including 33,000 vital manufacturing positions. While the report indicates our economy is beginning the long process of recovery, my colleagues in Washington and I cannot become complacent. We must continue to advance rational policies that encourage further economic growth and job creation, modernize our nation’s onerous tax code, reign in excessive federal spending and open markets for American producers.”