May 7th, 2010
11:51 AM ET
4 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. Patrick Lewis

    Everyone keeps saying this is political spin, etc. Consider the word "Encouraging." It doesn't mean everything is great. It doesn't mean things are acceptable. It means that things are not getting worse and there are signs of improvement. The unemployment rate going up is due to more people reporting that they are actively looking for work as opposed to giving up, looking after family, any number of things. There is no way that you can read an uptick in job creation, sustained over a third of a year as anything but a sign of improvement.

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

    This is not good news for the GOP....they would prefer America to be in a Depression....what a much of Losers!

    May 7, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    The economy is still "very troubling" to use Obama's favorite pet phrase. I wish he would spend as much time thinking about America's problems as he does with his jobs rate with vera baker...

    May 7, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Wisconsinite

    One more thing. All you rabid-hate-spewers have left is your whining "but they're only temporary jobs . . . census or IRS tax season jobs. waaaaah, waaaaaah". SO WHAT???!!!! They are jobs and I'm sure the people who got them are glad to have them! Temporary jobs can hold people over while the economy continues to improve (which it WILL) and more and more permanent jobs become available! If you all weren't such morons you'd be able to see that. But no, you'd rather keep up the hate-spew. I almost feel sorry for you . . . .

    May 7, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. rwagner78

    OK maybe I suck at math, how do you INCREASE 290K jobs yet INCREASE unemployment to nearly 10%? Doesn't that mean that though you created 290K jobs, you lost more than that in the same time?

    May 7, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Wisconsinite

    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

    Hmmmmmm . . . . . maybe it has something to do with you attitude!

    May 7, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. TCM

    over 60,000 of them are government jobs, and over 100,000 of them are highly related to government jobs...there's no growth here, I don't care how you liberals spin it...it's taxation creating a facade....Obama's a liar

    May 7, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Hugo

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA May 7th, 2010 12:45 pm ET

    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.
    ____________
    You're right Dutchie, Give they got handed a bag of worms I'll give the Obama Administration FULL CREDIT for our current economic scenario based on their continued entitlement spending spree and spending practices. Although some credit must go to his Campaign Finance Manger, Mr. Franklin Raines, 90 million bonus employee of the year of a public funded mortgage company, Freddie Mac and their newest 10.8 billion dollar bail out request!

    May 7, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Phil

    This is an improvement but Obama has wasted so much money and time on things other than getting people work outside of government. Obama has proven to be largely ineffective and hostile to the one thing that matters the most – Jobs in the private sector.

    May 7, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Ex-republican

    Good job, Mr. President! Just continue this way.
    Fired-up, ready to go!

    May 7, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Jilli

    The party of No's house of cards is crumbling around their cement-shod feet. Couldn't happen to a nicer group.

    How's that "we want the president to fail" thingy working out for ya'?

    Well done President O!

    May 7, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Independent

    Private employers accounted for 231,000 of the 290,000 jobs created.

    May 7, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. ATL Guy

    The Republicans will hate this because they want Obama to fail even if it brings the country down. They hate Obama and will spew at anything he says. They stood by while Bush was costing the economy 700k plus jobs a month. They did nothing while Bush and the Republicans were spending all of the money on tax cuts, wars and Medicare Part D without offsets. And yet they're mad at Obama for......? He's stopped the job losses and is putting people back to work. The numbers will only continue to get better and the better it gets the worse the Republican Party looks because they didn't support the stimulus. All people have to do is show the chart with the jobs being lost each year under Bush and then how Obama stopped the slide and started putting people back to work.

    May 7, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Jay

    I wish some of you read the actual jobs report out by the Dept. Of Labor. Some of you criticize our President saying he does not care or lies about the job numbers. It's amazing how our former President, a Republican lied our country into two hudge costly wars, a great recession and lord knows what else, and yet some of you sit blindly aside and blame Obama for the Republican mess!!! Wake up folks – The economy is getting better, and it will take time but at least we have a leader making an effort to take on the Republican trash oh and by the way the same Republicans that are still in office trying to block this mans agenda so they can score political points for 2012....WAKE UP...WAKE UP.....WAKE UP....!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It is absolutely incredible that this country is gaining in ANY area based on the conscientious objectors we have in Congress. Do you all think that this is the BEST that Obama wants to do for us? That in fact, this is the BEST he can do? He is being BLOCKED at every turn with ANYTHING he tries to pass that would improve our lot. That is the way that the GOP wants it so that they may portray him as ineffectual as possible. Yet IN SPITE of them he has managed to implement and do enough to pull us away from the abyss.

    Our President is a very intelligent, forward thinking, and compassionate American, who unlike ANY OTHER PRESIDENT that I can think of does not care about the politics of his decisions, just whether or not what he is doing is the right thing for ALL AMERICANS.
    We don't deserve him. Period.

    May 7, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Jacq

    Actually I just hired 2 truck drivers he's doing something right,and the bum who say he can't find a job I think being part time paid GOP blogger counts

    May 7, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Mike

    The lies keep mounting from this administration, at least 70 per cent of the so called jobs are in the government sector. Meanwhile, unemployment has climbed to 9.9 percent. Now nobamby and his circus of liars are trying to say climbing unemployment is a good thing. The really sad part is that some people in this country are going to believe this bull&%$@.

    May 7, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. David

    Let's see, 290,000 jobs created but the unemployment number went UP? How's that working for you?

    Oh, and wait until the bill comes due on the stimulus package. We may end up looking a lot like Greece.

    May 7, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Mike from Wisconsin

    What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unemployment is up to 9.9%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Over 600,000 temparary Census workers have been hired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They get laid off in June, Obama is full of lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Dean

    This is good news, but where will these jobs end up? Our government needs to do whatever to keep jobs here......

    Whirlpool Moves 1,100 Jobs To Mexico After Receiving $20 Million in Stimulus Money

    Sam Stein has an excellent report on Whirlpool workers being threatened with lower chances of future employment (blacklisting??) if workers speak out on Whirlpool moving their jobs to Mexico. Whirlpool Corporation has announced it is shutting down its Evansville Indiana refrigerator plant and moving its operations to Mexico where it can find a cheaper labor pool. That means 1,100 lost jobs for the community. Of course the workers were very angry and pointed to the fact Whirlpool Corporation had received $20 million from the President's economic stimulus package.

    May 7, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Susan

    So what's wrong with calling back people who have been laid off?
    I call that job growth. At least the figures are getting better, not worse, like they were under Dubya. Talk about people who didn't care about the jobless- the Republicans! They only care about their rich banker friends on Wall Street.

    May 7, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    People should have listened to Republicans in 2008. By now this would have been over. We would have had low cost health care where we pay doctors and hospitals with chickens, 150 oil rigs would be burning in our waters, Social Security would have been attached to Wall Street before the crash. Iraq and Iran would have been turned into a sea of heat fused glass and the real kicker to our gut would have been that "Half Governor Palin" would be Vice President and one 72 years heart beat from being President.

    Dam, we are fortunate to have dodged those bullets by electing a President that can walk and chew gum at the same time.

    May 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Terry from West Texas

    Conservatives argued that Obama's stimulus would result in greater unemployment rather than more jobs. Now that the economy is recovering, their argument is "No it's not!" or "The Labor Department is lying!"

    The plain truth is that Conservatives are not interested in truth. They are interested in power. They want the middle class to suffer so they will vote for Republicans in frustration. They want America's government to fail! They will oppose any program that might help America solve any of its problems.

    To Republicans, politics is like a football game. The goal is to win! The goal is not to play a good game, to be a good sport, or to give the fans a good show. Screw that! They want power, status, and wealth for themselves.

    Conservatives find it to be very inconvenient that America is a democracy. That means that they have to win elections to remain in power. This, in turn, means that they have to convince the hayseeds to vote against their own interest. They are very good at doing this.

    May 7, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. johnnyhouse

    Yeh one of my neighbors said one of them with the new job was knocking on his door from the census. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper and easier to just take a list of all email addresses and cell phone numbers and count them.Every child and adult has at least one. The count would not be far off and the government already has access to all your information including social security numbers,bank accounts ,credit card accounts, welfare cards, and food credit cards. Those illegals are not going to fill out anything.We will be short on the count probably 5 million or more. The government already knows more about you than you know about your self if you are here legal.

    May 7, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. SammyD

    How about that unemployement rate? Everyone knew that a recovery was going to slowly happen and that's great news but stop the spin, remember the stimulus was suppose to keep unemployment down to 8 percent. Hard to say if the stimulus helped or hurt us but I'd say our recovery would have been a lot more robust if we didn't have the stimulus.

    May 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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