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Kendrick Meek hails job numbers; Republicans say they're "no cause for celebration"

Kendrick Meek's Senate campaign today hailed the news that the economy added 162,000 new jobs last month: "Today's long overdue news is the clearest indication yet that we're on the road from recession to recovery. Florida is facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but we're moving full steam ahead to create good-paying jobs and get our economy back on track. More work needs to be done, but one thing is clear: the Recovery Act is working and is saving and creating jobs across the country. I will not rest until unemployed Floridians are able to find work, but today's announcement is an encouraging sign that the economy is turning around."

House Republican Leader John Boehner, though, notes the nation’s unemployment rate stayed at 9.7 percent and the number of long-term unemployed – those out of work for 27 weeks or longer – now account for 44.1 percent of the unemployed, a new record.

"A 9.7 percent unemployment rate is no cause for celebration, and any politician who takes a victory lap for it is out of touch with the struggles working families and small businesses asking ‘where are the jobs?’ are facing, " Boehner said. He called the private-sector job gains "encouraging but not nearly what President Obama promised" with the stimulus bill.