BOSTON (AP) — A weak jobs report is providing fodder for the state’s contested U.S. Senate race, with each candidate using the numbers to fault their rival.
Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown said the addition of just 96,000 jobs across the country in August shows the economy is weighed down by skyrocketing debt and the threat of tax hikes.
He said his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren would make the problem worse by pushing for higher taxes.
Warren faulted Brown for voting against bills she said would have supported thousands of jobs in Massachusetts.
She said Brown and Republicans are dug in and have only one solution — more tax cuts for the wealthy.
The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July, but only because more people gave up looking for jobs.