Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives wasted no time in responding to the monthly jobs report.
"Today's jobs report is a clear demonstration that the American economy still has a long way to go," said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Minority Whip.
Cantor's statement was released less than eight minutes after the Labor Department reported that the country's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent in August to 9.6 percent. According to the report, the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month, partially due to a decline in census jobs. But private sector employment was up 67,000 jobs.
"The policies being pursued by the White House and Democrat leaders in Washington continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity, innovation and job creation," added Cantor.
A few minutes later Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put out a statement saying "with 54,000 more Americans finding themselves out of work this month and unemployment rising to 9.6 percent, President Obama's 'Recovery Summer' has ended right where it began, with Americans continuing to lose their jobs and unable to find new ones."
President Obama is expected to comment on the jobs numbers at 10am ET. The Democratic National Committee is touting the fact that private sector jobs have increased for eight straight months.