May 7th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
5 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. Ian

    C'mon right wingers? Is there anything he could do that you wouldn't criticize? Honestly.

    May 7, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. vet in tx

    Just imagine how many MORE we would have if we all worked together at solving this instead of grandstanding and manipulating those that are scared, desparate, and naive to believe that "they are doing this, they are doing that"! At least somebody there has been working, instead of collecting a check of OUR hard earned tax dollars. If any responsible impartial journalist would go back and research which corporation has been the most successful this past 10 years regardless of ecomony, wars, terrorist attacks, etc. You will see what really went on and who has been stealing our lives, money, pursuit of happyness, rights, safety, etc. I did but I'm not telling. BTW, they rhyme with Dig Foil and Snaliburton, and they make alot of money speaking to you, writing books, analyzing news, and moving to Costa Rica.

    May 7, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. John D. Hater

    Thank God for President Obama!!! Could you imagine where we would be if McCain and Palin were in charge?

    The thought makes me ill!!!!

    May 7, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    face it people there is ALWAYS going to be some sort of unemployment. No president that I know of has been able to force compaines to hire people and pay them a good liveable wage. At least it looks like we are making headway in this problem and that is exactly what the far right does NOT want you to notice. Meantime their leaders such as Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and now Palin are raking in MILLIONS telling you the sky is falling and there is no hope unless the GOP takes power once again. What a crock!

    May 7, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Chris - Denver

    Yes, it's encouraging. But we still have a long way to go to clean up Mr. Bush's mess.

    May 7, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    WOW....the Obama administration sure must have hired a ton of folks to conduct the CENSUS. I believe that figure was somewhere around 600,000. Add that to the rest of the new government jobs and you have the Obama spin on unemployment.

    May 7, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. John

    Why don't you try reading some information before jumping to an idiotic conclusion like the Republicans did? The vast majority of these jobs are private-sector jobs, including over 40k manufacturing jobs, a rarity. If you paid any attention to the facts, you'd realize that people are trying to actually look for work again, which is why the unemployment rate went up.

    There are so many stupid, uneducated people jumping to conclusions that it makes me sick.

    May 7, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Hugo

    More propaganda BS to support this clown... We are at 17% unreported and 10% reported. The only JOBS created are in the government sector and they're funded by borrowed revenues. Take a look at Greece, you are going to be seeing that first hand on the home front in a very short while!

    Wait, I know it was all Bush's fault....RETARDS!

    May 7, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Felipe

    No doubt the Republicans will say 290,000 is "No!" good, not enough.

    May 7, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Mike, FL

    A 2nd grader can read the report and understand that 231,000 of the 290,000 jobs were in private sector and majority of those private jobs being permanent jobs. So please do yourself a favor and read before repeating fox news nonsense!

    May 7, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Len (Colorado)

    Please read the report and listen.

    290,000 jobs gained. We have gained the last 4 months. We were losing over 800,000 jobs a month when the recession began in 2007.

    Unemployment increased from 9.7 to 9.9 %. Why? Those people are now getting back into the employment market. We are improving and as our president said, it will take time.

    Give the man some credit....he works 24/7 ... not like another president.

    Educate yourself.

    May 7, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. one voice

    Just think if McCain/Palin would be in the White House now: We would be in WWIII and the unemployment rate would be 50%. Thank you Democrats

    May 7, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Kianasmum

    I'm a Canadian that cares about my neighbors south of the border. I'm glad to see that more jobs were added in April – 80% of which were full time jobs from the private sector. I don't watch tabloid news and therefore have only seen good progress being made in your country (I also

    For anyone complaining about the unemployment rate rising – please remember that last month, there were a lot more full time students who are now looking for full time work.

    May 7, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Steve from California

    Obama is a liar!

    May 7, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Joseph Rodgers

    suzy diamond May 7th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

    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!
    ____________________________________________________

    Then you must not be looking hard enough. For all those screaming that there are no jobs I bass many businesses that have signs saying we're hiring pjn my way to and from work. The job you want may not be available but there are jobs. Get off you arse and stop complaining.

    May 7, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. gl bg

    the u.s. has given greece $8 billion to bailout their debt we should not have any problem here with collecting unemployment for those 99ers mr.obama.

    May 7, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. CitizenJP

    Mr. President, thank you for all you have done for America and continue to do. Would you please put more focus on jobs and jobless folks who are really struggling than the immigration reform, which is important but does not deserve the exigency of health care reform? It is hard to believe that a guy like me with two Masters degrees in engineering is still jobless for more than a year now.

    May 7, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. gl bg

    the u.s. has given greece $8 billion to bailout their debt we should not have any problem here with collecting unemployment for those 99ers mr.obama. most states do not let you register after 4 tier ends. that is how the system stop counting you. once your 99weeks ends.

    May 7, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Tony

    If Obama can just keep the census workers employed forever, the economy will be great!!!

    May 7, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Big George in Big D

    @Jack – you're nuts – 1/2 of the 290,000 jobs that were "created"(fabricated by the administration) are temporary census workers and the rest are government jobs. That's a fact, Jack, not that the Nobama administration has done anything to help create new jobs. That's also why unemployment slipped to 9.9 from 9.7. Better do your research before patting Nobama on the back!

    May 7, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. gl bg

    once 4 tier has ended the system will not let you log on after 99 weeks . you are not counted as unemployed anymore. the u.s. has given greece $8 billion for their bailout debt .so why are we having problem paying unemployment pass 99 , mr. obama can you rescue your own unemployed in the u.s.?

    May 7, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Even IF we vote all the "bums" out of Congress they will still get very generous benefits paid by all of us for the rest of their lives. It is ridiculous to think they will be unemployed – just feeding at the public trough.

    May 7, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Patrick Lewis

    @suzy diamond. If you have no job QUIT POSTING AND GO LOOK FOR ONE, OR DO YOU THINK OBAMA SHOULD HAND YOU ONE!

    May 7, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Coloradan

    Wow, can you imagine if Republicans were actually working for progress instead of trying to block progress for political gain. Excellent job.

    May 7, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Wisconsinite

    It must just KILL all of you Rabid Righties when there's good news about the economy! It just goes to show that you all WANT the country to fail simply so that you can keep up your irrational HATRED of our President and say "See we told you so". Well, guess what???? The economy IS getting better and there isn't a darn thing you all can do about it! So HA-FREAKIN-HA!

    May 7, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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