The national unemployment rate for the month of July was 9.5 percent. According to the United State Department of Labor, 25 states posted jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S.figure. Seven states, however, had measurably higher rates. One of them was Mississippi. For the month of July, Mississippi had a jobless rate of 11.5 percent. That's why Senator Roger Wicker is focusing on job creation.
"We are looking for ways to create jobs. And so if there is a way for the federal government, with some of the existing appropriations at the current level to use some of that money to work with local and state officials and create jobs, and build something, and have something to show for it at the end of the day. I think, there are still are opportunities there. We just need to be very, very careful," explains Senator Wicker.
Senator Wicker also expressed extreme concern over the automatic tax increase that will go into effect for Americans starting January 1st of 2011. He says now is not the time for tax hikes.
"At a time where we have 9.5% unemployment nationwide, at a time where the housing market is in trouble, and there are so many concerns out there in our economy, this is not the time to be raising taxes on anybody. And I hope there is a growing bi-partisan consensus that we need to stop these tax increases from going into effect."
So what are some solutions to help Americans climb out of the recession. Senator Wicker says once this recess is over, the first thing he will do is to try to renew the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003. He will then follow up with more action.
"The second thing we need to do is freeze discretionary spending. Spending has gone up so much in recent years. I think we can freeze it at this year's level for the next three years and still fund the needs that we have."