May 7th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama calls job numbers 'very encouraging'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called the increase in jobs last month "very encouraging," Friday saying the numbers are "particularly heartening" in light of conditions last year when the economy was in "free fall."

A government report Friday said the economy added 290,000 jobs in April, up from a revised 230,000 jobs added in March.

"This is the largest monthly increase in four years and we created 121,000 more jobs in February and March than previously estimated. Which means we've now seen job growth for four months in a row," Obama said.

The report also includes a separate survey of households that the government uses to estimate the unemployment rate, which increased to 9.9
percent. Economists had forecast the rate would remain at the 9.7 percent rate reported for March.

"I should also note that the unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 9.7 to 9. 9. given the strength of the numbers it may seem contradictory and this is a reflection of the fact that workers who dropped out of the workforce entirely are now seeing jobs again and are now seeking jobs again, encouraged by better prospects," said the president.

He said the economic growth for the better part of a year is giving businesses "the confidence to expand and to hire new people."

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. suzy diamond

    It doesn't really matter what Obama has to say about jobs. After almost 1 YR. I STILL can't find one! THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE!

    May 7, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Sorry Pres. Obama, but this news will not be encouraging to everyone...certainly not to the party of 'NO', who have staked their fortunes on seeing you and the country FAIL. You see, their repeated [R] FAILURES while they had control of both the whitehouse and congress will now be seen in stark negative contrast to the [D] successes you are bringing to this country. So they are looking for any deluded morsel, any rightwing fairytale, to smear you and our country's rise out of the great [R] recession. Indeed, to the party-first crowd, this economic turn-around is all bad news.

    Afterall, it was their brain-trust from the American Enterprise Institute that in 2008/2009 promoted the [R] policy of a government hands-off approach to the growing economic crises.....they were trying to sell the idea that we should all wait and do NOTHING, to let the economy take care of itself. Their projection was that if we would only follow their [R] advice, the economy would come out of its depression/recession on its own....IN THE YEAR 2019!!!!! Just imagine the glorious amount of political delusion and disregard for Americans that it took to seriously promote that policy!!!! And many [R] politicians and spin-masters have continued to extoll this very approach.

    It is absolutely stunning the level of delusion and hypocrisy it takes to be a practicing [R] these days.

    May 7, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Reality Check

    Of the 290 000 jobs, how many are actually full time permanent positions and not just a temporary part time fill such as census workers etc? My guess would be a large majority of them......

    May 7, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hear all the criticism from the right. They just won't give crediti where credit is due. Yeah, unemployment may be near 10%, but I see improvement from where we were last year at this time. Not to mention that THIS POTUS is handling multiple crisis on different fronts. And all he gets from the right is alot of *itching and complaining. I'll keep sending my money to Organizing For America.

    May 7, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Personally, I'm looking forward to a statistically small by highly significant increase in unemployment–in January of all the former Congresscritters who've been fired for incompetence by the voters of their respective states and districts.

    Vote the bums out! All of them!

    May 7, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    GOP negative spin coming up in 3-2-1.........

    May 7, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. suzy diamond

    Oh, it IS double digit unemployment. No one talks about the figures of all the people who have GIVEN up looking for full time work and are working 2 and 3 part time jobs! They're not talking about people who had to take early retirement.

    May 7, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Jack

    It's getting harder and harder for the far-right to criticize Obama. Things are slowly improving and Obama is slowly mounting up accomplishements and the teabaggers and GOP are getting left behind.

    May 7, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    Let's keep up the encouraging work going forward...God bless America!

    May 7, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Tulsa

    To those like "hammerer" who don't have the brains to think their way out of a wet paper sack, people who have been unemployed and not looking for work are in the job market again, so the unemployment figure has risen.
    Most of these jobs, over 230,000 were PRIVATE SECTOR. Not "census" or "guvernment" jobs.
    READ THE ARTICLE. Dumb Republicans.

    May 7, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Dano

    Just like President Obama predicted, private sector jobs are slowly making gains. Of course the unholy triad of Rush, Hannity, and Beck will soon be screaming that this is due to the economic policies of the GWB administration finally kicking in. The Republicans must be pulling their hair out every time good economic news is announced. Pretty soon they're all going to be bald!

    May 7, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Soldier

    Are people even reading the article?

    May 7, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    It doesn't really matter what Obama has to say about jobs. After almost 1 YR. I STILL can't find one! THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE!
    Maybe that's more of a reflection on you than President Obama.

    May 7, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    Well Suzy Diamond, maybe if you were out looking for work and not BLOGGING, you would find a job.

    May 7, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    November, 2008 we lost over 500,000 jobs, the worst job lost in the U.S. in 34 yeas, by the end of 2008 2.6 million jobs were lost all under Bush. Do your math people or just READ THE FACTS. Thank you President Obama.

    May 7, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. ErikS.

    Some people will believe anything, these boards prove it.

    May 7, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Joe

    Yes, very encouraging? But, but, but, but if you divide 1.6 trillions of dollars Obama spent by a factor of $40,000 for a job with benefits either "SAVE or CREATE", Obama should have SAVE OR CREATE about 60 millions of jobs. So a simple question to Obama should be "how many jobs have you SAVED and how many jobs have you CREATED" with 1.6 trillions of taxpayers' and their grand children's money? Where are the jobs?

    May 7, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Oregon Calling

    There will be people putting a "negative spin" on this good news, just goes to show you that some people will never be happy with what is happening in our country. Keep up the good work but lets put more fire under our Congress' b@cksides and let them know that we WANT REFORM!!!!!!!!

    Peace 🙂

    May 7, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. ArizonaWild

    I see we're still being bamboozled.

    May 7, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Jack

    Here's something interesting. On one hand you have all these people complaining they have no work. They also complain that illegal immigrants are taking their jobs. I'd bet the family on this but if these out of work people showed up at the job sites where the immigrants are working they'd be hired in a second over the immigrants. No, we have Americans who want the jobs to come to them and, at the same time, be high paying jobs. i couldn't find work in my state so, I had to move to find work. Not easy, but this is what we have to do sometimes.

    May 7, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Tim

    Yes, but omitting those stupid temporary jobs from the census, we're still way below replacement level job creation. Wow, what a recovery; that stimulus idiocy is really kicking butt, isn't it?

    May 7, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    It must be "be politicaly correct to the [R]s day" at CNN. My analyses, toasting rightwing hind-ends, are being censored repeatedly. Congrats CNN for taking up with FuxNews.

    May 7, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    In the other jobs report story, a lot of liberals are cheering the President for the 290K jobs added in April. However upon reading the ENTIRE story, the unemployment rate rose to 9.9%. What about THAT figure liberals? You cannot keep cheering the President when there is good news and STILL blame the GOP when the news isn't so good. Kinda like when the stock market hiot 1100, lots of cheering and credit giving! Yet silence when the stock market fell! You can't have it both ways!

    May 7, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. as an american

    garysb007 May 7th, 2010 12:03 pm ET

    Good job Obama! Unemployment is going up. Take a bow.

    You must be having a bad friday already cause you are very pessimistic. Miserable people love miserable company. Have fun being pessimistic, you must have a very unhappy life with that attitude...not everythings falling apart you'll be okay....get some help with your depression though.

    May 7, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. as an american

    dennis May 7th, 2010 12:05 pm ET

    He doesn't know and he doesn't care about the people without jobs. Its not a big fukin deal to him...

    Yes dennis he actually wants the country to fail and be miserable cause thats what all presidents want to be remembered for. God you're sad and ignorant and it's kinf of pathetic. It's friday people be happy and not so much a downer

    May 7, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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