September 3rd, 2010
09:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Quick GOP reaction to jobs report

 House Minority Whip Eric Cantor pounced on Friday’s jobs report.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor pounced on Friday’s jobs report.

Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives wasted no time in responding to the monthly jobs report.

"Today's jobs report is a clear demonstration that the American economy still has a long way to go," said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Minority Whip.

Cantor's statement was released less than eight minutes after the Labor Department reported that the country's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent in August to 9.6 percent. According to the report, the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month, partially due to a decline in census jobs. But private sector employment was up 67,000 jobs.

"The policies being pursued by the White House and Democrat leaders in Washington continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity, innovation and job creation," added Cantor.

A few minutes later Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put out a statement saying "with 54,000 more Americans finding themselves out of work this month and unemployment rising to 9.6 percent, President Obama's 'Recovery Summer' has ended right where it began, with Americans continuing to lose their jobs and unable to find new ones."

President Obama is expected to comment on the jobs numbers at 10am ET. The Democratic National Committee is touting the fact that private sector jobs have increased for eight straight months.


Filed under: Economy • Eric Cantor • issues • Michael Steele • Republicans
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Fox news is not yellow journalism???

    Eric 'the fearmongerer" Cantor is trying to blame all of wall street fears on the Dems........Thats like Atilla the hun blaming the death and destruction on the ones he conquered and enslaved......What a put z .

    September 3, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. ricky Atlanta

    Its not the White house creating fear...it's the GOP who use fear mongering 24-7/365

    September 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Heck of a job there, Obama... heck of a job.

    Hope we can survice whatever you plan to do for an encore.

    September 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. SDW

    Nothing, and I mean nothing the republicans say will cause me to support them or vote for them. No matter what anyone says to me. Their policies put us where we are today. Ask yourselves one question. If not for the stimulus. Where would our economy be today? If I remember correctly. We were in free fall before this president came into office. Free fall people...the market dropped below 7000. If it were up to republicans there would have been no stimulus, no extension of unemployment benefits, no on regulating wall street, no for small business loans, no health care reform. Don't people understand. The only thing they've done is to attack the president. They use out right lies, fear, and anger. Yes this president and congress have increased spending. Yes he's decreased taxes for the middle class. Yes he is trying to regulate the insurance companies so they can't tell you your kind can't have a medical procedure.

    Conservatism has been, is, and will always be a safe haven for people with attitudes of intolerance, indifference, injustice, and since the election of President Obama. Overt racism is OK as well.

    I will never vote for a republican again for the rest of my life.

    September 3, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. jay

    What's Cantor's and the Republican's plan to help fix the unemployment rate besides criticize, extend the Bush tax cuts, well the Bush tax cuts are going on right now and they don't work either on dropping the unemployment rate.

    September 3, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Marcus

    Sigh...
    They said that, when the Census (temporary) jobs found their natural end, the unemployement would go up and up and pass the two digit line. The Census jobs are gone (most of them), but the private sector is hiring again so, as bad as it was, it wasn't as bad as the GOP savants and clairvoyants had predicted that it would be...
    But, hey, who cares if the private sector is hiring again, the Census jobs are gone and thus the unemployement is up (0,1 %)!!!!

    September 3, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. gg

    The American economy certainly has a long way to go towards recovery and the obstructive anti-middle class policies of the neo-fascists who make up the modern Republican party are designed to make things even worse.

    September 3, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Riley

    9.6% unemployment. Obama can try to spin it all he wants, but facts are facts.

    We made a huge mistake electing Obama and now we ALL pay the price.

    September 3, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    With over 400 bills stalled in the Senate, and the GOP obstructing every effort the President and the Democrats attempt to make on the economy, the GOP should be held fully accountable for doing everything possible to make sure the country and the President fails. They are traitors, domestic terrorists, and treasonous snakes, and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. If the GOP is so intent on killing America, they should be executed first for their crimes. Same goes for their rabid, ignorant followers.

    September 3, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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