(CNN) – A top House Republican is blasting the White House and congressional Democrats over the September jobs report.
The nation's economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, but the private sector gained 64,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department report released Friday. The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent. The September report is the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.
"This report is not only the final affirmation of the failed job-killing policies of Washington Democrats, but it frames the national political debate from now until Election Day," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a statement put out just minutes after the release of the jobs report.
A few minutes later the top Republican in the Senate weighed in.
"Americans are speaking out, and they want Washington to focus on jobs. But with each passing month, and each new jobs report, it becomes increasingly clear that while massive Washington spending is growing the size of government, it's clearly not growing sustainable private-sector jobs," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Minority Leader, in a statement.
Moments later, the Republican National Committee jumped in.
"After nearly two years of weak leadership and broken promises, the American people will go to the polls in less than a month and reject this Administration's economic mismanagement," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele, in a statement.
The president is expected to address the jobs report later Friday morning when he visits a small business in Blandensburg, Maryland.
The most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll indicates that the economy remains, by far, the top issue on the minds of Americans. And according to the survey, jobs remains the top economic issue.
Listen to CNN's Candy Crowley and Dick Uliano discuss how high unemployment will affect the midterm elections: