August 6th, 2010
09:26 AM ET
4 years ago

Republicans slam White House over new jobs report

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor criticized the Obama administration’s economic policies on Friday after the latest jobs report was released.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor criticized the Obama administration’s economic policies on Friday after the latest jobs report was released.

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans are using the release of July's jobs report to criticize the Obama administration's economic policies.

The Labor Department reports Friday that the unemployment rate stayed steady at 9.5 percent last month, with 71,000 private sector jobs created which was less than forecasts by many economists. Overall employment fell by 131,000 jobs in July, as the government continues to unload Census workers, a move that offset the gains in private business hiring.

Related: Jobs continue to sputter

With the economy the top issue with Americans and the midterm elections less than three months away, the monthly unemployment report is arguably the most important number in politics right now.

(Updated after the jump with reaction from the White House)

"Today's disappointing jobs report falls short of where we need to be," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, in a statement put out less than seven minutes after the Labor Department released the jobs report. "The policies originating from this White House are creating an environment of uncertainty and fear for business people and employees, preventing investment and hiring."

In response to the report, the top Republican in the House echoed a familiar GOP refrain when it comes to the economy. "How many more times do families and small businesses have to ask 'where are the jobs' before President Obama changes course?" House Minority Leader John Boehner asked in a statement released a few minutes later.

And Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele chimed in as well, saying that "for the millions of Americans who are unable to find work, this White House's empty cheerleading rings hollow."
Responding to Friday's report, The White House said that even though much progress has been made, July's employment numbers illustrate that more work is ahead.

"There will likely be more bumps in the road ahead as the economy recovers," Christina Romer, the outgoing chairwoman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement posted on the White House's website. "The monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative. It is essential that we continue our efforts to move in the right direction and replace job losses with robust job gains."

Obama is scheduled to make comments on the economy at a midday speech in Washington Friday.

–CNNMoney.com Senior Writer Chris Isidore contributed to this report.

Updated: 10:16 a.m. with statement from the White House


Filed under: Economy • GOP • House • issues • Obama administration • unemployment
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Get A Grip

    Oblammer and his administration lie to the American people, but we're not stupid and don't buy the lies of this administration.

    August 6, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Dr. Lu

    The GOP turns down bills that include job creation, especially in green technology yet they continue to blame the Dems. True, we aren't adding jobs like we should be, but we also aren't bleeding them anymore like we were at a rate of 700,00 per month before Obama took office, so give it time and, GOP, do you work and try to help for a change. Where are the GOP solutions, other than "no taxes". How is "trickle down" working? The media keeps pumping fear into consumers as well which is no help.

    August 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. GL

    And Republicans refuse to vote on a jobs bill for Small business they helped created just for publically reason only. Republicans are praying things don’t get better so they can get those angry voters to come out in vote them. They believe the angrier the people are the more votes they will get. What a bunch of sick puppies the Republicans in Congress have become. All they care about is winning at what ever cost.

    And what are the Republicans and Congress doing nothing but grand standing and stopping and progress for publically gains. I never seen so much hate and obstruction coming for one party it is not funny

    August 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. July's jobs report to criticize the Obama administration's economic policies

    GOP could be part of the solution, instead they are just desparate

    August 6, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. GL

    People need to wake up Republicans is in their glory with this report because they are evil self serving rich people.

    August 6, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. hangemhi

    And just what is this new direction we should head towards Mr Republican? The same deregulatory policies that got us here? Let's make big business bigger and the middle class smaller? No thanks!

    August 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Dave

    Pretty incredible that republicans have the kahones to say anything. This is like trashing a hotel room and then yelling at the maid because she isn't cleaning it up fast enough. Even more incredible when you consider that their only plan for recovery is give the richest people in the country 850B in tax cuts that even conservative economists say don't create jobs or pay for themselves. Maybe there's more to it than just saying "no".

    August 6, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. GL

    In response to the report, the top Republican in the House echoed a familiar GOP refrain when it comes to the economy. "How many more times do families and small businesses have to ask 'where are the jobs' before President Obama changes course?" House Minority Leader John Boehner asked in a statement released a few minutes later.

    HYPOCRITE!

    And Republicans refuse to vote on a jobs bill for Small business they helped created just for publically reason only. Republicans are praying things don’t get better so they can get those angry voters to come out in vote them. They believe the angrier the people are the more votes they will get. What a bunch of sick puppies the Republicans in Congress have become. All they care about is winning at what ever cost.

    August 6, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Debbie

    Well of course they did. Why do you think they didn't approve the small business loans which would have provided job! Republicans, you are not hurting Obama, you are hurting us, the american people!

    August 6, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Tom

    Let me guess Eric, if we just extend the Bush tax cuts, everything will immediately turn around, there will be full employment.

    August 6, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Mikey

    Yeah, terrible. Seven or eight straight months of private payroll growth. Cantor wants the good old days of the last Administration when we were losing jobs every month for over over year – up to 800,000 per month.

    This recovery is going to be slow an painful. We all need to get used to it. No one, I mean no one, is going to be able to snap their fingers and make it go away. The right accused to Obama supporters of thinking he was the Messiah. However, it seems that they are the ones surprised when he can't just swim down to the bottom of the gulf and plug the leak or waive his arms and cure the worst economic downturn in 80 years.

    August 6, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, does he want more government jobs or can Cantor actually work with the Democrats to come up with something that will help small business owners? I suspect that tax cuts aren't what they want. They need the credit.

    August 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. GL

    Reid need to cancel the recess and put the Small business bill back on the floor today and put the Republicans on record again so the American people can see that the Republicans could care less about people getting back to work before Nov. And with the help of the Big corporations not hiring hoping that their friends in the Republicans win back Congress to give them their BIG OLD TAX CUTS. All they care about is winning at what ever cost.

    August 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. a in austin

    And why is this news. Didn't the rebublicans block the jobs bill? Didn't they block help for small businesses? While the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the middle class is becoming extinct. Why do businesses get tax breaks to ship jobs overseas? There are many reasons....but your answer is NO!

    August 6, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. KatR

    In the home of the brave We the People should never cast votes based on fear. We've always been a nation of risk takers. The GOP governing philosophy drove our nation into a ditch. I'm not afraid to take the risk and vote Democratic in November. At least they are working on solutions which offer some hope that our great nation can move forward instead of back to a GOP governing philosophy that trashed the lives of millions of Americans.

    August 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. GL

    Today's disappointing jobs report falls short of where we need to be," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, in a statement put out less than seven minutes after the Labor Department released the jobs report. "The policies originating from this White House are creating an environment of uncertainty and fear for business people and employees, preventing investment and hiring." THAT WHAT THE SMALL BUSINESS BILL HAS IN IT INVESTMENT AND TAX CUTS. HYPOCRITES AT THEIR BEST!

    No Cantor it is your party that is creating an envioronment of uncertianty by blocking the jobs bill. I can not stand these evil Republicans we have in Congress. They do not care about the American people they are caring about win back Congress to work for the rich people in this country and the help with the middle class. This is not all from President Obama policies and Republicans contiue to lie and use fear. That why the always use the word FEAR.

    August 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    Eric Cantor is the biggest whiner in the Senate. He doesn't have half the class of one-time comedian Al Franken.

    They complain about the lack of private sector jobs when the government jobs are up, then when private sector jobs are up they complain about job losses from lack of gov jobs. Government jobs are down because the stimulus is running out and the Census jobs are ending. Private sector jobs are slowly rising because the stimulus worked, somewhat (more stimulus would have been better). If Repugs want more jobs, help pass more stimulus. But you Repugs don't want the economy to get better on the Dems' watch. You would rather see America fail.

    August 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. katiec

    How the republicans can talk about jobs with a straight face is beyond me. They have done everything they can to obstruct creation of jobs, continue the destruction of our country and have abandoned the American people.
    Their undying love and support of Wall St and the rich over our country's survival has put them on the path to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists,

    August 6, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Tiffany

    Mr. Cantor, I DARE YOU, how can you pretent to care about the small business & families. Why did you say NO to lending money to the small businesses in order to help families. THIS REPORT IS JUST WHAT YOU WERE HOPING FOR, JUST TO MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD!
    What I can't understand is why so many people fail for the party of NO!

    August 6, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. lolo

    What else is new? The republicans and their tea party buddies are beginnig to sound like a broken record. Same thing different day. I am just sick of hearing it all.

    August 6, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. sharon

    The nerve of them slamming Pres. Obama jobs reports. The Republicans created the jobs lost. NOT OBAMA...They sent jobs overseas..NOT OBAMA...They created this mess and they are blaming Pres. Obama. What a nerve!!!!

    August 6, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Chris - Denver

    Call their bluff. We need more stimulus. A direct jobs program this time; no more voodoo tax cuts for the rich.

    August 6, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. FormerRepublican

    I find it highly ironic that the republicans are griping about the economy when they were the ones who caused the problem in the first place!

    August 6, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Eli

    The Administration told us that if the stimulus bill passed unemployment would not rise above 8%. Why should we believe them?

    August 6, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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