Quick GOP reactions to the jobs numbers
July 8th, 2011
09:13 AM ET
7 years ago

Quick GOP reactions to the jobs numbers

Washington (CNN) - Just five minutes after the release of the nation's June unemployment report, House Speaker John Boehner released a statement saying "the American people are still asking the question, where are the jobs?"

At 8:30 a.m. ET, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate edged up to 9.2 percent in June, from 9.1 percent in May. Economists had predicted the rate would improve to 9 percent.

The government also reported the economy gained just 18,000 jobs last month, way below expectations and lower than the weak 25,000 jobs created in May.

Moments after the release of the report, Boehner led an avalanche of Republican responses, saying "today's report is more evidence that the misguided 'stimulus' spending binge, excessive regulations, and an overwhelming national debt continue to hold back private-sector job creation in our country."

The president is expected to react to the jobs report later Friday morning. While Obama's overall approval rating in most national polls stands in the mid-to-upper 40s, his numbers on the economy and jobs range between the upper 30s and 40 percent.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was the first GOP presidential candidate to respond to the report.

"Today's unemployment report is another stark reminder of the failure of President Obama's economic policies," Bachmann said in a statement. "The President promised if we passed the massive stimulus package that unemployment wouldn't go above 8 percent, we are now at 9.2 percent."

Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • unemployment
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. c

    Hey, Boner! – YOU were supposed to be the one creating jobs. You haven't introduced ONE, not ONE jobs-creating bill. So I ask you – WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    July 8, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. maine liberal

    Those bush tax cuts are really working now

    July 8, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Oldie in TampaBay

    I'm asking the question "WHEN is Boehner going to shut up?" Just one more GOPer that loves to hear himself talk & see his name in print.

    July 8, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Mr. Boehner, What have you and your Republican/Tea Party members done to help to create jobs? From what I have seen, Not Much. I have not seen any law/program fro you people to help,just saying no does not seem to help.

    July 8, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Andrew

    But the GOP won seats in November to fix this, didn't they?
    What are THEY doing to create jobs?

    July 8, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Ken, AZ

    Yes, Mr. Speaker, the American people are still asking "where are the jobs" and they are asking you. Republicans claimed that if elected their priority would be jobs, jobs, jobs, but after 6 months in the majority there hasn't been one jobs bill offered. As a matter of fact, you're holding up several jobs bills that were proposed by Democrats. Mr. Speaker, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    July 8, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Jean

    Good Lord – 2 years and billions of dollars later and this is what we are getting. Obama cannot deny he owns this economy no more blaming GWB. Obama and his economic policies have been a dismal failure and he should be apologizing to the American people for the fraud he has put upon them by saying that passage of the stimulus would cap unemployment at 8%. If nothing else that was a flat-out lie. Do politicians, democrat or republican, even know how to tell the truth? Economic failure and he wants to continue the same path with the negotiations on the debt-limit. Can he not see the forest through the trees?

    July 8, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Louisiana Man

    Maybe the' job outlook' is so tenuous because their 'venture capitalism' cronies are outsourcing the jobs east and south and in the process have been basking in a most generous tax cut from their buddies in congress for ten yrs.

    Bulletin!!! These blood suckers on society do not hire, spend, invest in the economy. The only advantageous investment is to benefit their own coffers .WAKE UP to this travesty and injustice.

    July 8, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Guest

    Yes John...where are the jobs? This was supposed to be a priority for the GOP at the last election. You have failed this country! Stop attacking our President and do something productive.

    July 8, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Obama 2012

    Exactly John. Where are the jobs? Maybe you should have concentrated on that a little more and your backwards ideas of social issues a little less and we would be in a better place. You know how you love to say Obama can't blame Bush? Well, your party can no longer blame Obama.

    July 8, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Recovering Republican

    Yeah Boner, where are the jobs you and Cantor promised if elected to a majority??

    Why are any of these career politicians still employed by us? Republicans and Democrats, if they can't do anything besides finger pointing and sucking air while destroying our economy with H1B visas and tax breaks for outsourcing jobs then why do we keep sending them back to D.C to continue the nonsense.

    It's not rocket science, if you have a job you can buy things; if your job pays a decent wage you can actually purchase a home, a car, etc. If it pays a little above minimum wage you can not afford to help the economy improve.

    How about this comment Boner, " if we give the milionaires and Billionaires a tax cut they will produce jobs" thanks but we didn't realize those jobs paid a dollar an hour and were located in China and Mexico.

    Stepping off my soapbox now

    July 8, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Independent In Albany

    "the American people are still asking the question, where are the jobs?"

    So True, and now that the GOP has control of Congress: Where are the freakin jobs!!!!

    July 8, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. Ozzie

    Can you name a single job creating piece of legislation that this Congress has sent to the President?

    July 8, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    October 2010 republicans 24 x 7 talk about jobs

    After the election they are busy on social issues

    July 8, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    House Speaker John Boehner released a statement saying "the American people are still asking the question, where are the jobs?"

    The irony of this statement seems to have escaped John-Boy, and I suspect, the entire GOP. BTW: Who, exactly, is Boehner directing his question to ... himself?

    July 8, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Seth

    My question to Republicans: What have you done since getting elected to create these jobs? You've been more worried about Planned Parenthood, gay marriage, and blocking anything and everything the President wants to get done. You have not produced a single idea that will create jobs, besides rolling out your stale "cut taxes for the rich and let the wealth trickle down to the middle class" ideology, which has NEVER worked. Wy do you cling to this concept?

    July 8, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Bob in Pa.

    Economists don't know everything. There is always an unpredictable human factor in the economy and scholars don't understand humanity yet.

    July 8, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. crow

    And where, by chance are the job creating ideas from the republicans?
    What have they offered other than making sure millionaires dont lose their tax break? BTW, since the tax breaks were done under Bush, the US has done nothing but lose jobs – not create them (well, maybe overseas...)
    Reducing entitlements for Americans does not create jobs.

    July 8, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Jim

    Good question Mr. Boehner. The GOP campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs" all last summer and fall and have failed to introduce even a single jobs bill.

    Did it ever occur to the GOP that putting people back to work FIRST might actually help solve the debt crisis?

    July 8, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. diane

    This man needs to step down> Cantor,McConnell, Boener( worst Speaker in history)! Bachmann and her husband are a "Discrace to our Country" Just the "Hatred of gays,and minority Americans,is "sickening" and Anti-American! Gop has "Slintered into Right Wing Evangelical Extremist" who are not fit to govern???? Vote them out in 2012! Save America!

    July 8, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Name king

    This show that trickle down economics does not work, if you keep giving the so called job creators money, reality will strike them a d they will want more money, that means over seas. Where is wiener to stop this madness for the past 10 years with this trickle down crap. The repugs are doing every thing to crash this economy and these docile dems are following them around like puppy dogs. When will these dems stand up and fight back. Infra structure Infrastructure infrastructure. We
    need to stop giving big corporations our tax money for them to outsource our money and jobs to other countries. And start focussing on demand to our small businesses, who doesn't have the luxuries to outsource, furthermore they hire 75 percent of America Workers.

    July 8, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Viet.Vet.

    If my memory serve me correctly wasn't it the Rupublicans during the 2010 elections who talked about jobs and spending and once elected forgot about the jobs and spending in a meaningful way if it affect their wealthy masters, They stop or block anything the President put forward that would have created jobs, they concentrated only on their hidden Social agenda, Just another smoke and mirrors thinking the American public are a bunch of dummies, they will find out soon!

    July 8, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Dave

    Wait a minute... Last time I checked, the GOP ran on "jobs" in the 2010 election. The way they put it, if they were elected, everything would improve. Instead they take their usual tack of blaming Obama and not mention that they haven't done one single thing about jobs other than complain and point fingers. Like typical Republicans, they avoid any and all responsibility.

    July 8, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Harry

    Hi John. I just wanted to let you know that you forgot to add the most hurtful to job creation: Tax breaks for corporations to send jobs overseas. Also John, you ran on a platform of job creation. I have to ask how many jobs bills has the republican house initiated? That's right none. Clinton raised taxes and we saw the most prosperous period in recent history. But I know, you can't let facts get in the way of your doners wishes.

    July 8, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    US companies and financial institutions are making record profits and holding onto large reserves of money. Why aren't they hiring? Their reluctance to hire more workers dampens consumer spending which spurs the economy. While CEOs are making more money, the wages of workers have remained stagnant. It is time for big business to step up to the plate and invest in America.

    July 8, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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