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Straight Talk with Sam: Focusing on job growth

by Congressman Sam Graves

Labor Day traditionally means the end of summer and the beginning of football season. It’s also a good time to assess the health of our economy.

Last week, the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report. Our nation’s unemployment rate has jumped to 9.7%, a 26-year high. In the month of August alone, 216,000 Americans lost their job. Since February of 2009, over 2.4 million

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