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

Filed under: Economy
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. TangledThorns

    What happened to all the fake jobs Obama created?

    January 8, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. SLM

    Yup, that rushed through pork filled stimulus that had to be passed ASAP to keep unemployment below 8% worked really well...........A huge Obama failed experiment, at OUR cost. Have no fear, I am sure this must be Bush's fault, Obama can't possibly be held accountable for all this out of control spending. Gotta love the money he gave to the Indians, yup, our local "rich" casino is using it to finish their hotel. Another great Obama move, that is really helping them.

    January 8, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. if you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    If the stimulus had not been enacted, and the auto industry had been allowed to fail like the republicans wanted, we would have lost an additional 3 million jobs.

    January 8, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Nothing New Here

    Let's see, republicans create a ginormous catastrophe and complain about how difficult it is to fix it. Hmm – like any republican has any credibility any longer.

    January 8, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. George

    Pretty good condisering the mess that Bush and Chenny left us.

    January 8, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Cal Vet

    Unemployment is always a lagging econic indicator. All other signs point to a mild recovery in 2010. In MHO I believe the worst is behind us. We need to quit listening to the far left and right elements of this country and meet in the middle going forward. Their are eelements in the Right who still consider our current president ultra-liberal! if this were true then the far left wouldn't be as disgruntled as they are. I believe that a President who is ticking off both fringes of the Political spectrum is usually on the right course.

    January 8, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. if you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The rate of unemployment during the republican's great depression was 25%.
    If the GOP had not insisted that one third of the stimulus be set aside for tax cuts, we would not be dealing with 10% unemployment, as that money could have been used on job creation.

    January 8, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Tram

    I really don't understand the RNC. I realize that they must collectively share a single digit I.Q., but this nonsense they're spewing that the government shouldn't do "anything" to try to help the economy is utterly stupid. Yes, the economy is a "living" thing and it'll bounce back on its own, but if the RNC had their way, then we would have spiraled head first into a depression that would have lasted years. As it is, we're in a recession that the economy is starting to show signs of recovering from.

    What about this does the RNC not understand? Right, it's logical and it's the truth. Logic and truth are two things the RNC have no experience with or expertise in.

    January 8, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. sherry

    RNC Steele says its time for Obama to give his undivided attention to jobs.....Well Mr.Steele if you didnt seem to notice but Obama has alot more to focus his attention on....such as trying to keep America safe , the two wars your party president got us into ( which is why we are in this recession)..The war on terror will always exsist .....The extremist hate the United States and will be looking for different ways to hurt us....His plate is quite full with running this country and I for one think he is doing a good job considering the mess he inheirited.....

    January 8, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. Jerry

    The change America voted for, with the democrat controlled congress entering their forth year some voters may want to reflect.

    January 8, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. if you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The republican statement should have been, "We apologize to the American people for our efforts to create another great depression. We did not understand the importance of regulations and allowed Wall Street and the banking industry to destroy the economy. We are truly sorry, and pledge to work with President Obama to make this recovery better."

    January 8, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Paul , St. Louis MO

    If we didn't have the stimulus after the meltdown would the unemployment rate be 20 % or 30 % ?

    January 8, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Bubble of Sanity

    Hey, our grandparents were right; you can't solve a problem by throwing money at it. Even two trillion dollars plus.

    January 8, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Maybe unemployment hasnt changed because the christmas shopping season didnt profit enough capital to keep people at work .

    January 8, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. Seattle Sue

    85,000 jobs lost is not good, but it looks like it is improving. Our country lost 91,000 jobs for December of 2007 and the 750,000 job lost of December of 2008. I certainly hope the economy keeps improving.

    January 8, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. ran

    Hate/fear/obstructionism again and again from the GOP.

    People vote for either a true Democrat or an Independent in 2010/2012 and tell the GOP no more.

    January 8, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Independent Thinker

    Give me a break! The Republicans are blaming Obama because he can't "quick fix" what they took eight years to screw up? Take a good look in the mirror, Republicans! If you had not screwed up so bad under Bush II, Obama would not be President. So I give the Republican Party most of the credit for Obama being elected in the first place.

    January 8, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. tmart

    The RNC has nothing to say. Obama is focused on the economy. And just last week Republicans were saying he should "put his full and undivided attention" on terrorism.

    January 8, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Let's see, Obama said if the stimulus passed unenployment wouldn't top 8% and it would create 3.5 million jobs. Instead he's lost 2.8 million jobs. That puts him 6.3 million jobs behind his promise. How's that 'hope/change" crap working for ya?

    January 8, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. Adam

    Both Steinhauser(Stupid Jew) and Michael Steele(stupid Niger) are products of stupid history. You are trying to reflect the right wing red skin politics which does not make you better rather you accept what they told you for a centuary that you are not worthy to be at the top

    January 8, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. snood

    guess that shows the stimulas worked huh. well at least my taxes went up making under 250,000. what thats not what was promised during the great campaign. I also wonder if this is just those still getting unemployment. once that cash has been taken those number arer not added to the total they just look at them as working people I would guess.

    January 8, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Mike

    The real unemployment rate is between 15 and 17 percent because this administration does not count the millions who have given up finding a job and now just live off unemployment or other government hand outs. This is the change some voted for? NOT

    January 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Tony

    It's interesting Steele says what he does. Let's see....President Obama has passed the largest stimulus bill in history to create jobs, the housing stimulus bill (Making Home Affordable Act), the bank bailouts (Part II), and although it's a piece of crap he's working on getting a bill passed that would make health insurance more affordable. All of these things have been done in the first year of his Presidency and are aimed at helping the economy.

    I'm not sure what the Republicans are thinking should have been done to keep the economy from rolling into a deep Depression which is what every expert economist has said would have happened. Cut taxes?? That seems to be their answer to everything and we see what that did during the 8 years of Bush rule.

    Why can't the Republicans give answers to the problem instead of blame and point the finger at Democrats?

    January 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. TOTUS

    C-SPAN and transparency?? Obama LIES! And where are all of the MILLIONS of jobs that he and his fellow radical loony lib Dems promised? More LIES!

    January 8, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Scott, Tucson

    We need to ensure that in 2010 and 2012 that we vote out any and all incumbents so they too can join the ranks of the unemployed.

    January 8, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
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