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

“Naturally, I am disappointed to learn 125,000 Americans lost their jobs in the month of June and only 83,000 new positions were created in the private sector. Sadly, these figures continue to illustrate that the so-called Stimulus bill failed to achieve its primary objective of creating private sector jobs and advancing economic growth.

Furthermore, this new data reinforces my concern that the agenda advanced by Washington is limiting the capacity of businesses to grow. While employers of all sizes beseech Congress and the Administration to help reinvigorate the economy, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continues to push anti-growth legislation that imposes higher taxes, increases energy costs, implements excessive regulations and costly mandates, limits access to much-needed credit and dramatically inflates government spending. This is certainly not a formula for fostering job creation.

While I am disappointed by these figures, it is important that we redouble our efforts to help people find jobs in our region. Later this month, I will be hosting a Job Fair that will feature over 50 local employers eager to connect with job seekers in the 15th District. The event, which is free to the public, will also include helpful workshops on writing resumes, improving interview skills and starting a small business. Anyone interested in learning more about the Job Fair should visit my website: https://dent.house.gov/.”