GOP leaders tout job growth in Virginia

The Republican mantra on jobs is that recent growth in job numbers at the federal level isn’t enough and that President Obama hasn’t been doing enough.

At the state level in Virginia, modest gains in the jobs sector is reason for celebration for Republicans hoping to gain political advantage.

“Needless to say, I am delighted to see that our unemployment rate has fallen to 5.8 percent, the lowest rate in more than three years.  This is a significant drop, and it is further indication that our efforts to get our economy growing again and create jobs are succeeding,” said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who hopes to succeed Gov. Bob McDonnell in the state’s top job.

That opportunity might come sooner than you think, with McDonnell being talked about as a possible vice-presidential nominee on the GOP fall ticket.

McDonnell and Bolling used a Richmond air-conditioning company as the backdrop for their claim to credit for successes in Virginia in the jobs area.

“We set to work on day one to bring more private-sector jobs back to Virginia, to get our economy back on track and Virginians back to work.  This bipartisan effort is getting results.  Today, we received the great news that Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8 percent; the lowest rate in three years.  Our unemployment rate is down 1.4 percent since our first full month in office. Virginia truly is open for business, and we are seeing the results,” McDonnell said.


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