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. daniel

    Your pettiness is showing, Repubs. As my dad used to say, "Guys, get away from the fan, your heads are whistling."

    May 7, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. as an american

    larry wi May 7th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

    Yes siree he has saved the US!! So he says anyway. I haven't seen any rejoycing with my employer!

    awww poor's the worlds smallest violin for you cause its all about you right!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. 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 11,000, lots of cheering and credit giving! Yet silence when the stock market fell! You can't have it both ways!

    May 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Jerry - Florida

    Spin, spin, spin. Oh well. What else do you expect fro President NObama's administration.

    More smoke and mirrors!

    Stay tuned...

    May 7, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. joe f

    Any politician like obama who side with the illegals should be fired from their jobs.

    May 7, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. PalmReader

    Hmm, trying to reclassify the 231,000 new manufacturing sector jobs as *Government Census * jobs is a stretch . . . even by GOP standards.

    Seems as if nothing less than a complete American economic meltdown will make GOPers truly happy.

    May 7, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Dave

    Considering that Obama is just trying to fix the economic mess caused by the inept, greedy, and downright dumb Republicans, maybe the nay-sayers can cut him some slack. I mean, c'mon, it took you Republicans years to wreck the economy. Obama won't fix it overnight.

    May 7, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Mike

    Unemployment went up to 9.9 percent. Good job uhbama.

    May 7, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Oh Noooo!!! Obama's saving America from the Republicans again! Waddya all gonna do, you Far Right Hate Mongers ("TCM", "Willy Brown", "Liberalism is a mental Disorder", "Four and the Door", etc)?

    What talking points is the RNC paying you guys to post here today to try to counteract all this good news? Please post soon, I want to see just how moronic you guys can get.

    We're hiring people where I work, how about anyone else out there who is grateful Obama was elected and not that Train-Wreck McCain-Palin. You guys hiring?

    May 7, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. JOhn, Sacramento

    In the past 65 years, the year-end unemployment has exceeded 7% 13 times. Of the 9 highest unemployment rates 8 have occurred during Republican presidencies....1982, 83, 75, 76, 81, 84, 85, & 92 & only one (1) of the nine occurred during a demo presidency (2009). Note that 5 of the 7 highest unemployment year-ends all happened during Ronald Reagan's two terms. Obama, as did Reagan, inherited an economy in shambles, and it will take a few years to get the rate down. Anyone who thinks that putting a GOP president into office will help unemployment should look at history. It is an excellent teacher. The stock market, federal deficit, unemployment, & US trade deficit all suffer when we have a GOP president in office.

    May 7, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Dano May 7th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

    Just like President Obama predicted, private sector jobs are slowly making gains
    Who predicted only 8% unemployment? The name slips my mind!

    May 7, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. vette gal

    All of you ignorant posters saying the jobs are either part-time or temporary need to learn to read before you comment. As stated the jobs added are permanent (means full-time dunderheads) in the private sector (not government jobs). DUH!

    Where I live in the northwest, both the real estate market and american auto sales are both up. Thank you President Obama for making intelligent, sound decisions to help our economy and country.

    May 7, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    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.


    Funny how this critical info is buried and not in the headlines!! How "very encouraging" is THAT to the people that can't find a job?! This idiot needs to be impeached for incompetency.

    May 7, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. Michael from Ventura

    To the right wing haters- Never let the facts stand in your way. Call it "Obama Spin" or whatever-I just know that the people who have gone to work are calling it much more than spin!

    May 7, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. T

    Some of you just dont like the President no matter what he does
    its wrong. With that tell me something about you. Just ask yourself if a White man was doing the same thing that our Great President is doing, what would you say? He is doing great lets own up to it. Stop the Bull.

    May 7, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. John Q.

    Encouraging... I suppose. My wife finally, got a job, but it's at a temp agency for less money and no benefits. Personally, I see a long hard climb that would have happened anyway without a trillion more in debt, but that's me. Gallup shows government jobs growing at twice the rate of private sector jobs, also not a healthy sign. I take all this with a grain of salt.

    May 7, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. TangledThorns

    The numbers are fudged as they added the temporary Census workers for this Summer. By end of Summer expect a huge drop in employment... again!

    May 7, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. SocialismBad

    So how many of these "new jobs" are GOVERNMENT JOBS??? How many thousands of them are temporary GOVERNMENT CENSUS TAKERS??

    Given the disasters Obozo has laid upon business and all the ones in the pipeleine, the LAST THING they are doing is hiring more people!

    May 7, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Good jobs...?

    How about telling the people where this miracle took place..and are they full time or McDonals jobs...So don't tell us show believe

    Yes........."Change we ca believe"..............................................................!

    May 7, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Bill

    This shows how badly the Obama Administration and those far left supporters want things to look good. How can the unemployment rate goes up and you consider that an improvement? I even read one economist's foolish claim that the rise in the unemployment is actually a "good sign". How far will these folks go to paint a pretty picture for this Administration?

    May 7, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Why Does God Hate Red States?

    Hey Reality Check @ 12:44
    Your "Guess" is wrong. Only about 60,000 of the 290,000 jobs were
    census related. That is not a "large majority" other than to a frustrated
    GOP er.

    May 7, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Ten percent unemployment is encouraging? Stock market having to be turned off today May 7th so it doesn't collapse?

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    May 7, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Brenda

    Only the Obama lap dog media and Obama drones........Would believe that it is somehow good news that unemployment is going UP, not down.

    As many economists have said........In order for the unemployment rate to go back down to 7%---250,000 jobs per month-–will need to be created over the next 5 years.

    May 7, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Ferret out the BS

    The President has never said this is the end of job creation. It is the beginning and the economy is trending towards continuous improvement. But I guess many people will read and hear only what they want to, continue to be "doom and gloomers," and see only negativity. I appreciate your opinion but you're really depressing. Can't you find a blog about Rush or Boehner and spew your negativity there?

    May 7, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Self-Denial

    There's no question that it is good news but is the summer time. Historically, jobs have always been increasing since the beginning of the summer. But it does well with Dems and how they can argue with the facts, as of now. Is good but that unemployment rate is still high, it needs to go down.

    May 7, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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