Unemployment rate falls, but few new jobs
February 4th, 2011
08:40 AM ET
7 years ago

Unemployment rate falls, but few new jobs

(CNN) - The U.S. economy gained 36,000 jobs in January, less than expected, but unemployment rate fell to 9 percent, the government says.
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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Unemployment drops without the help of a single republican in congress, as the republicans are busy trying to define 'forcible rape,' deal with tax dollars for abortion even though our president signed a bill last year stating that, repeal health reform which will then add $2.3 billion to the deficit, and shut down government.

    February 4, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Watch the right wingnuts give credit to the GOP who voted against every job creating bill over the last two years.

    February 4, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Whatever

    Ahhh finally news we can use!!! The haters worse nightmare... the rate is going down! THANK GOD!!!!!

    February 4, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. New Age Independant

    Unfortunately the drop was only due to the weather keeping job seekers at home. Economists actually expected the rate to go up. Prepare yourselves for a jump next month. Too bad they don't post real numbers for unemployment.

    February 4, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  5. Ranjit

    I am happy that unemployment number is coming down but I am not sure whether we can create 36,000 jobs and have a decrease of .5%(9.5 % to 9.0). Some thing is wrong in these numbers !

    February 4, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    The unemployment rate has been STEADY and slowly FALLING for the past year or so. The RepubliCAN’Ts will TRY to – but cannot – take credit for this. They complained when it was at 10.1, 9.8, 9.6, 9.4, 9.5, 9.4 and they should continue to complain because it is now 9.0. What they FAIL to see is that it was ALWAYS on the decline – but insisted on making a BIG ISSUE about it being HIGH and distorted the reality that it was truly on the decline!!

    The RepubliCAN’Ts also did not capitalize on – or recognize – that under President Obama, JOBS were also being ADDED – The job growth was ALWAYS on the RISE but they ignored it; they instead wanted some (not all) Americans to believe that our President was a socialist and any other bad name they thought about. They chose to have “tunnel vision” and REFUSED to LQQK at the BIG PICTURE!!

    As the unemployment CONTINUES to fall – President Obama will continue to concentrate on jobs, Jobs, JOBS!!! The RepubliCAN’Ts, on the other hand, will continue to concentrate on “TRYING” to make President Obama a “one-term” president! They stand out like a SORE THUMB!!

    We need to continue to support our current leader, President Obama, in his attempt to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to WIN THE FUTURE (MAF to WTF!!!).

    February 4, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Republicans = Fascists

    I think the unemployment rate will be at 8% by the end of the year. Looks like your worst case scenario republicans.

    February 4, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. kyle from ohio

    Where are the Jobs; This discussion on repeal or reform the Health care would be a better conversation when we have full unemployment; the discussion on what is the right size of Goverment would even make better sense with full employment; So the question is for the Current Congressional Politicians (Right,Left or Center) WERE ARE THE JOBS. IT is your responsibility. GET GOING on JOBS and wait on the discussion Health Care and size of Goverment until you got us back to a path of full employment (People who want to work can find a meaningful JOB to work).

    February 4, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. maf

    So Boehner, McConnell, Cantor. . . WHERE ARE THE JOBS???
    The new GObP, same as the old Party of NO!!

    February 4, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "McCain: 'I'm not a starry-eyed idealist'"

    Duh. Tell us something we don't know. Someone like him, who flip-flops so frequently and massively based on the political winds (e.g., DADT) can't even be called an ideaLOGUE. He's an opportunistic NIHILIST. He believes in NOTHING but his own self promotion.

    February 4, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Of course the unemployment rate is dropping. People have been giving up and many are opting for early retirement. This has been the worse "recovery" in history. With the huge new burdens the Democrats have placed on businesses, why would they be hiring?

    February 4, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Imagine what the unemployment rate could have been if the party of "No!" would have supported job creation.

    February 4, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Watch the Obambi Administration, along with the Left/Liberal Media, SPIN this report into;"look How Great The Obambi Jobs Creation Plan Along With The Obambi Stimulus Is Working" What a JOKE! The real unemployment percentage is OVER 10%.....
    CNN The Masters of Spin
    In Danger of Losing It's Standing
    Not Only WithTheir Viewers
    Due To Fox' are Getting Fewers
    But Obambi's SPIN He's Handing

    February 4, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. diridi

    good news....it takes some more time....to recuperate from the wicked nasty things done from GOP....poured money like crazy dogs in Iraq....o.k....

    February 4, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Veritas

    Thank you Mr President! Every day in many ways it keeps on getting better! YES WE CAN!

    February 4, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    "The unemployment rate may go down, but that has nothing to do with an improving job market. It means there are more discouraged workers out there," Silvia said.
    Let's see how Joe Biden takes this information and spins it into a reason to do a victory lap around DC!

    February 4, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. PalmReader

    Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner . . . you promised the American people that jobs would be your FIRST priority - it being the number one concern in America and all. So far, your party has attempted (and failed) to repeal Health Care, attempted (and failed) to redefine the terminology of rape to include the words forcible rape only, and have spent a great deal of time ignoring unemployment, job growth, and economic recovery initatives. One might suggest that GOPers really ARE clueless, which is perhaps why GOPers are now busy trying to redefine the definition of domestic issues as being limited to social issues only.

    February 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. john, PA

    Real unemployment is over 20% and that will soon be followed by 20+ percent interest rates. We have the Democratic Party that drove this nation into bankruptcy and the community organizer / social worker president that has no clue and is incompetent. Can't wait for the 2012 election.

    February 4, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |