January 8th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
8 years ago

U.S. unemployment rate stays at 10 percent

Washington (CNN) - The government says that the country's unemployment rate remained at 10 percent in December. But the report, released by the Labor Department Friday morning, also says that employers cut 85,000 jobs last month, more than analysts had expected.

Minutes after the release of the report, the Republican National Committee reacted:

"More than 2.8 million Americans have lost their jobs since the stimulus passed, and the national unemployment rate remains at 10 percent. The American economy is a powerful and amazingly resilient system that will always naturally return to balance because of the determination and unique ingenuity of the American worker. But President Obama's singular focus on enacting his government-run liberal policies are single handily preventing this return," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele in a statement. "It's time for President Obama to heed the recent words of Democrat Senator Ben Nelson and finally do what he should have been doing over the past year – put his full and undivided attention on fixing our economy."

President Barack Obama's expected to discuss the economy and jobs at an event at the White House Friday afternoon.

The October rate of 10.2 percent was the highest in the United States since 1983.

- CNN's Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. DemsforGOP

    While Obama was sitting on the beach and Pelosi was holed up bribing her other liberals to pass a outrages welfare reform called health care, we had a terrorist attack over the skies of Detroit. Did those two forget that we are at war and have many of our soldiers at risk overseas? Has CCN forgot that there is an illegal hearing today in Detroit for an enemy soldier that the US Attorney should immediately turn over to the Military? Why is it that Obama is just now reviewing National Security, one year after he got in office? Did he miss the part about being Commander-in-Chief while we are at war?

    I for one am not a disguised republican, I am now a closeted Democrat that is so embarrassed by our party that I'm enraged... Our actions are so humiliating and we will be eating crow for the next 3 years...

    Sad day in America.

    January 8, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. bob

    What did the RNC say back in 1982-83 when unemployment was at 10% or higher for 10 consecutive months? Probably nothing since the president at the time was Ronald Reagan.

    January 8, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Scott

    I don't know. The economy will probably recover faster if Obama doesn't meddle with it. Everything he gets involved with turns to crap.

    January 8, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    When Obama was selling his $ 1 trillion "Stimulus" bill to the American public ( for " jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs" ) against strong opposition, he said himself that if it didn't work he would not be around long. I have to say that in this case I agree with him completely.

    January 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Karl in Charleston,SC

    "It's the economy,stupid."

    January 8, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. GOP = "I hope he fails"

    So now – according to the GOP – the stimulus package did not only fail to revive the economy, but it is actually the cause of unemployment. Why are these people taken seriously?

    ATTENTION WING-NUTS: Firstly, "do nothing" is not a legitimate solution. Secondly, YOU are the stupid effers that drove us into the ditch in the first place with all of your brain dead, cliche ideology. WHY SHOULD WE NOW TAKE DRIVING LESSIONS FROM YOU?

    January 8, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    It's a good thing that the stimulus and bailout system worked as well as Napolitano' airline-protection system worked.

    January 8, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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