"Although the debt has been the dominant issue in Washington, the biggest issue in the rest of America is the lack of jobs, and today's report further highlights this sad reality," added Rubio. "We have an unemployment emergency in America, and Washington is making it worse."

The report issued on Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the jobless rate shrank slightly from 9.2 percent in June to 9.1 percent in July and that the economy added 117,000 new jobs instead of the projected 75,000.