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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy discusses January's unemployment numbers




Rep. Kevin McCarthy (foreground), the House Majority Whip.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (foreground), the House Majority Whip.
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The House Majority Whip, California Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy, joins the show to discuss the recent and surprising drop in unemployment. The unemployment numbers for January released Friday show the national rate dropped to 8.3 percent, from 8.5 percent. That's the lowest in nearly three years.

The economy is paramount in the minds of voters, but Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about how to improve it. President Obama is proposing a program that would put unemployed veterans to work in national parks.

We asked Congressman McCarthy for his take on the jobs report and ideas on how to reshape the economy.