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. Lauren

    I love how the Republicans are angry that Obama's not fully and focused on the economy, homeland security and the war in Afghanistan all at the same time. Really? There are too many problems left over from the last eight years to just pick one. It took that long to create these problems and bring Americans to the dismal place we are at, so it may take a while to rectify everything, don't ya think?

    January 8, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. katiec

    Would like to see the day, but of course never will, when the party of NOthing takes some responsibility for the crisises that face our country and start being productive rather than their hypocritical, irresponsible actions.
    They are disgraceful as politicians, have thrown away all honor and integrity they once had and continue on the path of destruction for our country.

    January 8, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "naturally return to balance because of the determination and unique ingenuity of the American worker"

    That's right...the economy is MAGIC and regulates and fixes itself despite the people with the most control and power over it, like those on Wall Street who caused this mess with their masturbatory credit-default swap games, not giving a flying rat's pink patoot about the "American worker." What a pantload of steaming malarcky. If you believe this hot garbage ideology, then YOU HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION FOR SEVERAL DECADES. Ask yourself why Mushmouth's explanations of why and how what he says is true are absent from his reactionary rhetoric (hint: if someone asked him that, he'd simply spew more ideology, not facts and empirical evidence...because there is none).

    January 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am waiting to see the full effects of the stimulus spending and watching the unemployment rate slowly drop over the course of this presidential term. I just wonder how much the rate would have jumped if there had been no stimulus spending at all.

    I agree that we should reduce the deficit. The problem is that we need the government to be the big spender right now since there is no one else to do it. I am just wondering where the Republicans were when they were in charge of BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE?! They had the chance to do that as well as spend properly for the war. I guess they aren't the fiscal conservatives that we thought that they were.

    January 8, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Silence Dogoode

    When FDR and Johnson gutted the 11th ammendment they at least created jobs....Obama healthcare is unconsititutional, delusional AND is not job creating...unless you are a DC life politico....

    January 8, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Chad

    Well Obama can't keep this country safe and he can't grow the economy. What good is he?

    January 8, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. A True Centrist

    Thanks for that stimulus package Mr President...those hundreds of billions were well spent!

    January 8, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Mike in SA

    I would love to know how the administration is doing the counting. October unemployment was 10.2%. We lost jobs in November. We lost jobs in December. Somehow the administration is saying that unemployment now stands at 10%. The only way this makes sense is if hundreds of thousands of people have given up on finding a job in the past couple months. Way to handle that economy Mr. President!

    January 8, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Nevada dude

    You Republicans need to put a sock in it. its not as if you are guilt-free of this problem. No real job growth over 8 years of bush and now you carp about continued job losses? Seriously, you are out of your freakin minds if you think we have forgotten.
    I am so sick and tired of the garbage being spewed on both sides. at this point i want BOTH PARTIES to come up with ideas and get the country working again. GET IT DONE, NOW!!! or there will be hell to pay later.

    January 8, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. dimes1

    What do you expect with Dumbocrats in charge of all branches of government.

    All that they are about is transforming this great country into socialism.

    Keep taxing.
    Keep spending on entitlements.
    Keep punishing small business.
    Keep big government running health care.
    Keep government running the auto industry. Keep government running the banks and financial system.

    No wonder we are not creating jobs.

    The solution?

    Vote the bums out

    January 8, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Jacq

    They should have stated the fact republicans have no solutions either

    January 8, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Just two days ago the Republicans stated that President Obama was spending too much time on the economy and health care and that is why the attempted bomobing took place. He should spend all his time protecting the country from terrorists. See how hard it is Republicans. It is a tough job and balance and you guys couldn't do it either. Remember it was under your watch that 911 happened and the economy tanked. Childish behaviour continues from the "leadership" of the Republican party.

    January 8, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. DJ

    Mike "Uncle Tom" Steele does not realize there is such thing as the Christmas holiday retraction. I am a chemist and understand that. In a way, the December numbers look like December numbers. We will not know what the economy will look like until March because of it being the off-season for finding a job. Most companies will probably begin to hire then. College grads will be trying to graduate and not find a job and people with jobs will be trying to keep their current jobs.

    Until then, I think Steele and Obama need to focus on fixing things and not take claim of some quick victory for political effort....

    January 8, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. NVa Native

    No matter what news comes out the Republican politicians and their media outlets twist it to be negative. So much wasted energy trying to bring us all down, continually trying to terrorize all of the US population. When will it be enough that all the US citizens rise up and say ENOUGH!
    We are all Americans and we can all work toward making things better, and not be always working toward failure?!

    January 8, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Mitch

    The GOP and RNC and the tea bag kin folk are so out of touch with reality that it is scary.

    What is it you want...big government or small government? Government to cut taxes or increase spending? Do you people on the right fully understand that either direction INCREASES debt? Sure, give small businesses a tax cut. Where does the government replace the revenue?

    Sorry right wingers, your people put America in this position. It's time to step aside and let an educated president do what the MAJORITY elected him to do.

    January 8, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Jeff from Chicago

    Unemployment went from 7% to 10% with obummer.

    Change we can believe in and can believe will continue until he lets the economy work instead of continually sticking his nose in because as we all know, he knows better than everyone else. LOL!!!!!!

    January 8, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Chipster

    Despite trillion-dollar tax cuts former President Bush ended his first term with total job loss of approx. 1.5 million, second term 1.8 million more jobs lost.

    Tax cuts, trickle-down, VooDoo, whatever you want to call supply side economics failed to perform the magic that Bush/Cheney and the GOP promised. We/still dealing with the cost of 2 wars, recovery from the Katrina mismanagement, and exploding health care costs.

    Anyone expecting a fast recovery will be disappointed. In the day and age of instant gratification, I wish Obama luck. We need him to succeed.

    January 8, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. diridi

    I think we need to concentrate on Manufacturing sector and produce goods. At the same time, we need to restrict our visa system too. we rather not worry about Construction jobs, because, existing homes are not even selling. In this point, no reason to construct further, further more, they spoil our ecosystem too, so we need to restrict visa system and immigration too....ok.

    January 8, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. keith

    where was the GOP's full undivided attention when things where going doing the toilet? Oh..it was on iraq and sleeping with the saudi oil family. Now that the the dems are in office the GOP is jumping on the economy like flies on crap.

    January 8, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Brice

    Take your time.. Predicting, economy will turn around this year. Once it does work, Dem will stay power. Republicans go to be losers!!!

    January 8, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Since President Obama TOOK OFFICE things went from VERY bad for Americans to, well, worse...

    I have to ask, based on the FACTS, would ANY President have been able to do better?

    Seriously, "tax cuts," the perennial, perpetual "Conservative" solution to everything did NOT build jobs, Big Business sent good jobs off shore as fast as they could.

    I don't have an answer, but I really think that all of you who will blast this President would not fare any better with another, and (this is what gets me), BUT I'm betting, if it was YOUR guy/gal in the office, you would be cheering their efforts and decrying those who would doubt their motives... Funny, Hunh?

    January 8, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Mlhall

    Michael Steele needs to make up his mine if he want President Obama to "put his full and undivided attention on fixing our economy" or focus on war on terrorist or what ever someone tell him to talk to the news about. I am sure Michael Steele can run the USA better than President Obama that is why he is going to run for President in 2012, NOT. This is from me to Mr. Michael Steele you know so much and can give out so much recommendation on how to run this great country how come the hell you didn’t give GWB some of this advice when he was in the Oval Office. You are no more than a token bad word for the GOP, to be used and they are using you to the max. No one would know you are a fool until you open your fat mouth.

    January 8, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. If You Want Something Ruined Let Democrats Run It

    Barry the community organizer and the party of D'OH are gonna start blaming the Hoover Administration for the latest unemployment numbers.

    January 8, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. If You Want Something Ruined Let Democrats Run It

    Barry the community organizer will address this latest failure with another teleprompter conference.

    January 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. gale godfrey

    you republicans complain when president obama, about anything he does. you people made a pack after the election that none of you would support the president no matter what the issue was.. Why do you think he can't do his job. just look into the mirror! he is too busy fighting you people , so he can do his job. just think if all of congress stood behind our president we would not be having all these problems. the terrorists are loving it. but in the mid term elections you will find out that the american people are fed up with your childish ways. we want america to work and it can't as long as we have people like the republicans bucking everything our president is trying to do.

    January 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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