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
And just what have the REPUKES done to help creation of jobs? Nothing? Didn't think so....
Just more useless blather from the Grand Obstructionist Party. The only thing they know how to do is to say NO to everything. But they have no solutions to the issues other than to continue to cut taxes for the wealthy and big corporations.
Unfortunately, too many ill informed Americans listen to the ranting and raving of Limbarf, Beck, Palin and the rest of the ignoramuses of the GOP criticizing Obama for failures of the economy when in fact it was the dictatorship of Bush/CHeney that pushed this country intothe economic morass it is in.
Does Cantor/Boner/McConnell have any solutions or ideas how to jumpstart the economy? Of course not.
Should we have Mr. Cantor and Mr. Boehner and Mr. Steele produce the jobs reports from the last two years of the GWB era? Where are the jobs? Right where the Republican regime sent them – out of the US!!! All in the name of Corporate Profits!!
If all you can do is whine and complain about nothing getting accomplished, oppose anything that would help, and have no credible ideas of your own, then just go away!!!
Rather than criticise while doing nothing, Cantor should write an apology to the American people on his earlobes for participating in the creation of such a dreadful economic climate in the first place.
And the GOP has no plan, except to return to the status quo of what got us here in the first place. The GOP and their extremely ignorant supporters should be executed for their treasonous hatred of America.
Yep, Republicans are forcing people out of work and yet even when the unemployment rate still stays the same, they blame Obama. Typical. The Republicans in office are an embarrassment to the country and need to go in November.
At least private sector jobs are being added. More jobs can be created if the republicans would stop opposing the jobs bill. Gee weren't we losing 600,000 a month during the last months of the Bush/beginning of the Obama administration? Despite Bush's tax cuts?
Just curious, as a Republican (most of the time) I am wondering what the Republican leadership is gaining by criticizing Obama ALL the time?
I have never voted Democrat nor will I ever, but the Republicans can sure cause me to not vote by the way they are handling everything.
This is just the way the Democrats did things while Bush was in office and I thought they might have learned a lesson.
If the Republicans could simply rise about the usual Democratic BS and actually show me why I should vote for their guy I'd be a little more inclined to do so.
OK libs let's now hear how good your party is and how can they can do no wrong and how your guy Obama is not the usual politician.
Still drinking that Kool-aid?
Just waiting for a viable third party candidate to show both sides they childish antics are tiring on the American voter.
Unless employees, the White House, the media understand that business owners fear the tax changes this administration is presenting, planning, discussing, passing, etc... the unemployment situation is not going to get better anytime soon.
Everyone forgets that we businesses pay payroll, unemployment tax, state tax, city tax, permits, liability ins, umbrella ins, casualty ins. floater ins, property/tenant ins, health ins, commercial auto ins, rent, bank loan, phones, cell phones, internet, website, equipment, office supplies, service contracts, coffee/water, utilities, waste disposal, advertisement, commissions, trade show fees, travel expenses, toll, repairs/maintenance, alarm system, year end taxes, CPA, Lawyer, cleaning fees, software fees, postage, printing, donations, etc.........Businesses are going to hang on to as much money as possible to meet the taxes. This is the reality whether employees, White House, Media likes it or not.
This recession is a DIRECT RESULT OF THE POLICIES OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION!!
Voters need to remember that in November, as well as the constant lack of anything positive from the GOBP!!!!
"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...
Fortunately one of the first things that needed to happen in this regard did with the exit of Obama's Chief Economic Advisor Christina Romer. This is probably the best thing to happen for the economy in 2 years. Why did Obama stick with her so long? She didn't have a clue!
Since the right wingnuts refuse to be a part of the solution, they have become a large part of the problem.
And what are the GOP suggestions on improving the economy...still waiting
Quite simply this administration has done NOTHING to actually help CREATE new jobs!! Just pouring money into unions and Democrat supporters to cover their pay for another period of time (i.e. six months pay) does NOT get us out of the recession. ONLY private sector stimulus will grow jobs. Has no one in this administration taken Economics 101? Simple and proven process is stimulate PRIVATE SECTOR you promote productivity which stimulates demand. Viola!! Our economy would be fixed. If Obama had initiated pro-business policies starting Jan 2009 this economy would be growing significantly.
However, this incompetent president has KILLED this economy but anyone with half a brain knew we would be here now with the Democrat policies. It will take us multiple years to fix this mess created by the Democrats (since 2006 when they took control of Congress) and once Republican pro-business policies are put back into place THEN you will see growth again.
Unlike most wingnuts, Eric is a likeable piece of crap.
Why waist time with useless middlemen like this creep,Cantor,,just bring out the CEOs that hide behind them and pay their wages to offshore accts.
The same 131K jobs they claimed to create three months ago... like the American public didn't know that was a HUGE SPIN...
90+ days and counting...
Hey Republicans, Like that block and blame game you play so well.
The Republican ideaology is solely to blame for this country bleeding jobs. You and your ilk LOVE to give tax breaks to big corporations that in turn contribute to your campaigns and them farm out hundreds of thousands of jobs and then BLAME OBAMA!!! ITS HIS FAULT!!! Lucky for you that you are in a country with more that enough people dumb enough to believe that crap. I can't believe how truly sick you all are.
The fact is there has been quite a bit of damage done to the economy over the last decade...it will take years to recovery not the 18 months we are all demanding. The US economy is so big, policy decisions made a year ago may not start showing an effect for a year or more.
And let's repeal the Bush Tax Cuts which will paralyze small business owners even more!
The unemployment crisis we face now is what you get when Liberal-Socialists that never worked a day in the Private Sector are in control!
As if the GOP has any ideas whatsoever for creating jobs. Tax cuts - the GOP solution for everything under the sun - have not proven to create jobs and only put more money in corporate CEO pockets while the corporations continue to lay off workers and move operations overseas. Meanwhile the GOP has actually worked to STOP job creation by fighting against money to states that will save the jobs of many teachers, firefighters, and police officers. The GOP has also callously voted against extending unemployment calling the unemployed "lazy" while at the same time railing about how the Democrats haven't created enough jobs. Well, if jobs are not being created how are those "lazy" unemployed people supposed to get back to work. The GOP is useless and void of ideas and exists only to criticize our President while his adminstration is actually trying to help the American people.
What the hell? Republican try to slam the President when they are the one who are stopping american from working. Everytime the Dems try to do something for American they say no and then try to take the high road. Shut republican and do something and maybe american will listen. You always say you are speaking for American but you are not speaking about. When have you asked me anthing republicans? Never. So when you say you are speaking for the American people, you are a lie. You are speaking for yourself and for trying to bring President Obama down
Republicans did a great job right up to 2007, right? Their mess will take a long time to clean up.
The master plan for the GObP is working. They will wing big if they just keep voting "no" and obstructing any help for Americans.
Talk is cheap Cantror. What have you and the "Tan Man" done to help the country besides complain?