January 9th, 2010
03:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Want a job? Ask Obama

New York (CNNMoney.com) – As economists and investors reel from a surprisingly weak jobs number, there are 3,300 people that may actually be cheering December's report.

That's the number of employees that were added to the federal government's payroll last month.

As job losses continued in construction, manufacturing, retail, leisure and hospitality, as well as at the state and local government level, the Federal government was one of the few areas that posted a job gain.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Lisa, DE

    I don't see the problem. There is lots of work to do in the federal government and I think it's better to hire federal employees than contractors.

    January 9, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Linda

    Hey, I keep sending messages asking you Barack Obama WHERE ARE THE JOBS? I am still waiting on an answer. I will take one of those government jobs even if its digging ditches. I am over 55 but work is work! I NEED a JOB!

    January 9, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. German,Irish American

    Wasn't the "WE HAVE TO PASS IT NOW, WITHOUT READING IT, TO KEEP UNEMPLOYMENT UNDER 8%" supposed to be the savior for the economy and jobs? This President either has no clue as to how the economy runs, or he is intentionally trying to ruin it in order to revamp it in a more socialistic frame. There is simply no other answer for the disasterous spending that is coming out of this administration.

    January 9, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. pete

    The point should be that the government is one of the few places that is there to help middle and lower class people while the "free market jobs" are being held back by money grubbing rich people with the bottom line at the top of their agenda Without a single thought for the working classes.

    January 9, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. S Callahan God help America!

    Too funny...CNN the spin twin....

    Curious, just HOW MANY of these jobs are through political connection or appointment....I suspect most. This is not a job plan for Main Street Folks. The ire of Main Street has steam coming out of it's stack....way too underestimate in DC.

    January 9, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Denna

    Government is the only one capable of employing people at this time. You may think that we can't afford to pay them, but if they are not working, we are paying unemployment. Either way we pay. Why not let people work?

    To Linda: Why don't you apply for a government job instead of 'sending messages asking Barack Obama" for a job. If you are seriously doing that, you may not be well enough to work.

    To Lisa, DE: Now that is clear thinking. There must be more like you out there.

    January 9, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Sammy

    Among my top 31 places to go this year, my top 1 is "work." now, if I only had a job to go to, it would be possible for me to accomplish destinations 2-31. Seriously, this unpaid vacation of mine has got to be coming to be coming to an end. Are you listening, Capitol Hill?

    January 9, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. JP

    The government is already too big, I live in DC a lot of people I know say that way too many people in government do little to no work. The problem with Obama is his polocies kill jobs. The clown has a jobs summit and doesn't invite the chamber of commerce how stupid is that. He did invite the unions they are great at destroying jobs and sending others overseas. He endorses polocies that benefit no one but the trial lawyers who are nothing but leach on the economy. Obama stimulus was more about advancing a social agenda than creating jobs.

    January 9, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. ib

    Things are going to get worse a lot worse due to the out of controll spending that is going on. Inflation will hit us like an atomic bomb and the dollar will continue to lose value. Wait that is already happening and I know it's Bush's fault.

    January 9, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. vwrtb

    More good paying union jobs! Like my mom and dad had before republicans got the free trade and they all went away... :( I heard life was good with a Pension...

    January 9, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. nick

    Use our tax money to pay for those federal job is no different from paying for the unemployment benefits.

    January 9, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. pete

    To those who think saving money will create jobs, we should quit fighting unnecissary wars and use the spending here on constructive projects instead of destructive ones.

    January 9, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Dave, NE

    First of all, Barack Obama does not know how to create jobs. He has czars in the office who are being paid by our tax money but they want to fill their pockets. Government sector cannot create jobs. Private sector does. Today private sector in America is in bad shape. Thanks to Barack Obama who has no sense of it. He wants to borrow money which we do not have and he wants to pay it to the Government employees. With his stimulus, he can expect Government to expand and pay them from our tax money. I hope people will teach these democrats good lesson in coming November. Do not bring to the congress, never again. They have destroyed our economy and more damage is being done right now.

    January 9, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    In other words, if you don't have an education, get one that will qualify you because manufacturing and jobs like that aren't coming back. What are you waiting on, get busy, get prepared and stop complaining about something that isn't going to change. Math, science and languages will more than prepare you in the global market. Get ready.

    January 9, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. harold

    What would the republicans do about the Job numbers?. Reduce the help from the Federal Goverment ....abandon any stimulus at all like the republicans did in 1930 when they last balanced the budget....of the USA..... during the Great Depression?..Surely the republicans would be for setting up SOUP lines like they did during the Great Depression...Has anyone heard what the Republican plan is for Jobs..

    January 9, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. pete

    Dear nick, I can think of one minor difference. The difference is that people with a job are being productive, people on unemployment are not being productive. The whole difference of having a job vs not.

    January 9, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    Obama's economic and jobs plans are just another"systematic failure" that the taxpayers will be paying for years.

    January 9, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Chris W

    Well what about the Wall Street bankers whose jobs were digitally imploding before our tax money awarded them employment and then their best bonuses to boot?
    Aren't they listed?
    And what about all the health insurance companies who are going to be awarded by law every single American being FORCED to buy health insurance w/o a public option...let's not talk about the Constitutionality of that one, but surely those jobs gotta be on the list?
    This is certainly "change" but I don't believe in it and I'll vote progressive next time, which is clearly not showing to be Democrat, no matter how pretty the package.
    It looks like its back to the third party for the millions like me, yay Obama (you liar on the Healthcare debate being on C-SPAN & Guantanamo being closed in a year)

    January 9, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Corwin7

    LOL @ German Irish American...you are very right about the "pass it now...w/o reading it...but you have the wrong president *as usual* since that was Bush's excuse for the TARP program...not Obama at all. Wow such a wealth of *not* informed Americans giving their opinions!

    January 9, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. james

    pete your an idiot the corupt gov is what caused all the problems gov jobs are for the most part over payed and under worked small bussiness is what creates jobs some thing that has been ignored by the socialist presedent we have "make all you democrate idiot slaves think gov is the answer " that is what we need!!!!now to fix health care and energy maby you idiots can line up and step into the furnace kill 2 birds with one stone

    January 9, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Val in MA

    GOOD LORD! This is just another example that Obama has NO clue what he is doing when it comes to job creation and the economy as a whole – he is in over his head. I would like to quote Reagan here, "government is not the answer government is the problem" – this has been proven again and again. I believe history will judge Obama as the WORST president in US history. I must say Carter looks good in comparison to Obama.

    January 9, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. wellthereitis

    Lisa, DE is obviously a federal employee, a wonderful lot of folks who are guaranteed pay raises and promotions simply for existing as a government employee. Yes that is productive use of tax money. Sorry, but the governments job is not to provide services in competition with the private sector and to do it poorly. I just can't wait for government run healthcare given the prior history of three notable government run healthcare entities: Medicare, the VA hospital system, and the healthcare provided to our military. All are recognized as either full of fraud or as providing substandard service.

    January 9, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Another demonstration that the so-called "stimulus," which almost certainly is where the money to pay these people is coming from, was and is just a trillion-dollar theft of private-sector resources which are being abused to further the size, reach, and intrusiveness of government.

    January 9, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Peter s

    Why can't the Government fire incompetent officials who does nothing day in day out. Please make the government lean and efficients its broaded with dead weight!!!

    January 9, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    @pete: ...while the "free market jobs" are being held back by money grubbing rich people..."

    That's got to be one of the most imbecilic comments I've see in these fora.

    Private-sector jobs aren't happening because the private sector is scared to death of how much of their resources the idiot far-Left is going to try confiscate to pay for porkulus, health care welfare, and all the vast number of other ways the Dems are wasting taxpayer money.

    January 9, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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