WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today after sending a letter to the Department of Labor (DOL) urging the agency not to restrict the media and the public’s access to critical monthly unemployment data:

“At a time when the economy struggles to recover and more discouraged Americans leave the workforce each month, the Labor Department’s monthly jobs numbers tell the story and enable families and job creators to monitor our economy’s progress. 

“While the Administration may publicly tout transparency, this proposal increases economic uncertainty, infringes on First Amendment rights, and degrades the American public’s access to information that really matters in this economic climate.

If we’re going to provide the certainty needed to get our economy back on track and put Americans back to work, it’s imperative that we work together to uphold transparency and accountability across all levels of government.”

Please CLICK HERE to read Senator Blunt’s letter to DOL.

Meanwhile, Americans have experienced an unemployment rate above 8 percent for 39 consecutive months – leaving approximately 13 million discouraged Americans out of work today and more giving up on trying to find jobs each month.

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