Bert Miller reacts to latest jobless report

Area businessman Bert Miller today said the latest unemployment report is another indication that business as usual in Washington isn't working.

For job growth, look no further than the expanding federal government

NAPERVILLE, IL – Area businessman Bert Miller today said the latest unemployment report is another indication that business as usual in Washington isn't working. The Labor Department reported that unemployment dipped slightly in November to 7 percent. Illinois' latest jobless rate is significantly higher, at 8.9 percent.

"While it's always good to see unemployment falling, these jobless numbers are still unacceptable," Miller said. "And let's be clear. The numbers represent real people and real families, and they're struggling."

Miller blamed the failed policies of the Obama administration and Congressman Bill Foster for the lackluster economic recovery. "As a former CEO of an expanding manufacturing business in the district, I understand what employers need to create jobs," Miller said.

Miller is a former Chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and board member of the National Association of Manufacturers. Throughout his career, he has been a leader and strong proponent of economic development through common-sense, pro-business reforms.

"If you want job growth, look no further than our expanding federal government," Miller said. "We need growth in the private sector, and you do that by cutting government spending and reducing excessive regulations and red tape."

Miller announced his candidacy for Congress in November, stating that his decision to get into the race was motivated in part by the government shutdown in October. "I'm running for Congress to help change the tone in Washington," Miller said. "I want to get things done for the people of the 11th Congressional District, not participate in another government shutdown."

In addition to his business experience, Miller has served on the boards of Hales Franciscan High School, a South Side institution dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth prepare for higher education, and the Big Shoulders Fund, a group with a mission to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner city Chicago.



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