Pelosi Cites ‘Bright, Boundless Future’ Despite 90 Million Labor Force Dropouts

By Alissa Tabirian | September 10, 2013 | 9:22 AM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

( – Democrats in Congress are working to build a “bright and boundless future” for Americans despite “political obstruction” from their Republican counterparts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday in a press release.

The top Democrat in the House called the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) latest jobs report “a step forward” and said that Democrats are “focused” on “priorities” that “promote economic opportunities for middle class families.”

However, CNSNews previously reported that according to the same BLS report, the number of individuals who dropped out of the labor force in August “has pushed past 90,000,000 for the first time.” The number of Americans who are no longer part of the nation’s labor force increased by 9.9 million under the Obama administration.

“Democrats are working to move our country forward in building a strong economy that delivers the bright and boundless future that every American deserves,” Pelosi insisted.

She also criticized Republicans for “allowing Americans to languish under devastating sequester cuts.”

“Congressional Republicans must put aside political obstruction and start working with Democrats to deliver a budget that will create jobs, expand the economy, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit,” Pelosi said.

CNSNews also reported that the number of Americans who actually held jobs during August dropped 115,000 from July, for a labor force participation rate of just 63.2 percent, “the lowest it has been since August 1978.”

In August, there was “an increase of 324,000 people on the government payroll,” while “the workforce in the private sector fell from 113,164,000 to 112,886,000 – a decline of 278,000.”