"The employment data released today shows another month of anemic job growth in the private sector and an outright decline in the total number of jobs," Regalia said in prepared remarks. "While this data was better than expected, it is a sad day when such a dismal number exceeds our expectations."
The Labor Department on Friday announced that the unemployment rate increased to 9.6 percent in August, up from 9.5 percent in July.
The main contributor to the rate change was the government shedding 114,000 jobs as Census workers completed their work. Private-sector jobs continued to trend upward, adding 67,000 jobs last month.
Regalia said today's figures should prompt Democratic leaders to change their strategy in handling the economic crisis.