Richmond, VA - Tim Kaine released the following statement on today's Bureau of Labor announcement that the U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in October and an additional 84,000 jobs in August and September:

"With 32 consecutive months of private sector job growth and consumer confidence at a near five year high, there are encouraging signs that our economy continues to recover from a crippling recession.  That recovery is due, in large part, to the strength of our workforce and the entrepreneurial spirit of our businesses. While the trend is positive, there is more work to be done to strengthen and hasten our recovery.

"Congress remains the true impediment to our economic growth.  In a few days, Americans can change that by sending leaders to Washington who can put aside partisan differences to get things done. My track record as a mayor and governor demonstrates my ability to work with leaders of both parties to invest in our communities, spur job growth, cut spending, and balance budgets.  That is exactly what our nation needs more of in Washington to free our economy from the ankle weight of a gridlocked Congress and accelerate our economic growth."