NASHVILLE – Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester issued a statement today after the Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development announced the state unemployment rate for June increased to 8.1 percent, up from the May revised rate of 7.9 percent.
“June’s unemployment increase is further proof that Tennessee’s economy is suffering because the majority party failed to focus on jobs and failed to protect the middle class. Instead they prioritized rewarding their special interest campaign donors and wasted our time and money arguing extreme legislation that hurts our families.
“After two years of complete Republican control — wages are falling, fewer people are earning paychecks than just a few months ago, and more people are giving up their search for a quality job. We’ve seen enough do-nothing leadership in Tennessee, and it’s obviously time for a new path forward.”