DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Statement on Today’s Jobs Report

WASHINGTON—DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in response to December's jobs report that showed 292,000 new jobs created, and the unemployment rate holding at 5 percent:

“December's strong jobs report is further proof that the hard work being done by President Obama and Congressional Democrats to rebuild the economy after the Great Recession is paying off. There is no denying that 70 straight months of private-sector job growth – the longest stretch on record – is progress that American workers and families can count on. In fact, 2014 and 2015 were the best two years for U.S. job growth since the last time a Democrat occupied the White House. We still have a lot of work to do to strengthen middle-class and working families, but it’s clear that the economy has undergone a remarkable turnaround from where we were seven years ago, and that Democrats have what it takes to get the job done.

“These strong job-growth numbers also expose how clueless the Republican presidential candidates sound when they talk about the economy. In their conservative fantasyland, the last month of the Bush administration when we lost nearly 800,000 jobs were the good old days, and we need more budget-busting tax cuts for the rich to take us back there.

“Americans don’t want to go back to the Bush economy. They want a forward-looking president who will build on the progress we’ve already made and who will ensure that we have an economy that works for everyone – not just the wealthy few.”