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. Tess

    What made anyone think that laying off Federal, State, County and City workers would fix unemployment? Oh yes, tea partiers and other republicans. They have some silly notion that the jobs would be taken over by the private sector at a reduced cost.

    So, the end game means thousands more previously middle class Americans on unemployment unable to make their house payments or buy anything beyond basics (and many also added to the food stamp and medicaid rolls) and a few more hired at minimum wage who still qualify for subsidies like food stamps and medicaid.

    But hey, rich people can still buy expensive toys cause we all know that Tiffany's will be hiring millions, right?

    July 8, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    Unemployment up job numbers down NOBAMA is doing a great job on the economy ! When he was elected he said he would be judged on the economy when re election time well he can plan to go back where he came from . I will sit back in my chair and watch him self destruct right before my every eyes and it will be a pleasure to watch

    July 8, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. mike

    The GOP has majority in the house, hence, they have more culpability in the jobs situation than the democrats or the president. They keep holding everything up to prove their greedy rich person's point. All these rich execs and companies who keep getting raises and keep refusing tax increases are purposefully not hiring people so they can sabotage the president (and their own country). If they can;t have America,. no one can. Its like like little children with anger management issues.

    July 8, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    Ah yes here are your Bush tax cuts at work people. Since the "job creators" as the GOP calls them are doing such a great deal hiring people, we better not close those loopholes and raise taxes on them. This has got to be the BIGGEST joke the American people have fallen for in a long time. Tax cuts DO NOT create jobs but they DO help CEOs and corporations make record profits which they don't invest back into the economy. And the GOP was ready to pounce of course hoping the American people would forget that in 2010 they ran on creating jobs.

    July 8, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. bill

    Indeed Mr. Boehner, where ARE the jobs? Weren't you elected on a platform of jobs creation?? All you are is a stick in the mud.

    July 8, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Cosmo

    Read American history instead of lining your pockets Mister Speaker. Herbert Hoover tried to create jobs by cutting taxes so that corporations would hire. Guess what? Americans did not have the money to buy the goods and services, more jobs were lost and the Depression went on for eight mor years. Also, you and the 65 new GOP representatives in the House that got their jobs running on the platform of job creation have done absolutely nothing. It is abundantly clear that the GOP's strategy is to keep the economy in the doldrums so they get back in the White House (and do more damage to this country). Stupid, disingenuous, and completely motivated by self interest are not characteristics that this country needs in a responsible post in Congree Jimmy. Do us a favor and resign and go play golf with your corporate friends.

    July 8, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. J. in NJ

    The consumer confidence and uncertainty around demand are huge factors in making businesses reluctant to hire, these uncertainties are compounded by the calls to cut Social Security and other social safety nets and talk of letting the country default – people are less likely to spend if their money is being taken away. The Republicans are holding America hostage for political reasons and their policies are preventing the economy from recovering.

    July 8, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Expat American

    That’s exactly right, Boehner: Where are the jobs that Republicans promised?

    When the Republicans ‘won’ in November, anyone with at least a third grade education knew that the GOP would do nothing but lie and obstruct. That's all they ever do – besides stab the poor whites in the back who actually vote for them, for some strange reason.

    Boehner needs to spend less time reminiscing and weeping about workin’ in his daddy’s white trash trailer park bar; and more time doing some thing actually significant.

    July 8, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. fred

    for all you people saying the republicans haven't introduced job bills, think again. They've introduced multiple jobs bills, introduced budgets, introduced the repealing of the job-killing health care deform bill, introduced alternative health care reform, want to lower capital gains taxes, etc etc. Republicans are trying. The problem is that they only control one of three chambers. They control the house. Dems control the senate and the white house.

    July 8, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Tony Z

    Obama now owns this economy. He staved off the potential for another depression which seems lost on the Tea Party. If not for the stimulus and helping American automakers things would be worse. Now after 2 1/2 years as President he asks to increase the debt limit while agreeing to budget cuts and add more revenue someone is saying NO. From 2000-2008, we increased the debt ceiling 7 times. Lets compare an apple to an apple not an orange.

    July 8, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Political Theatre

    Classic wag the dog in action. The economy will continue to sputter with the current climate of "austerity is the only way". If you have low demand who is going to hire, and with the last entity (the gov) no longer being able to stir demand via keeping people employed in their current roles. Projection of another 100K government jobs to be lost in the Q3 alone!

    July 8, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. GL

    Where are the jobs the Repubicans campaign on? President Obama can not do this all by himself, but most people think he can. Boehner and the Republicans have not created not one jobs bill and they contiune on with their same old talking points tax cuts created jobs, but we having seen any job creation in over 10 years.

    July 8, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. msg

    So exactly what rabbit out of the hat do the republicans have that can create jobs in 10 minutes or less? God forbid any of these people get in power, but if they do, I certainly hope the democrats will demand results every 6 minutes like these degenerates...

    July 8, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. gt

    if the banks dont start lending it will even get worse ....stop the stupid regulations on everything....stop blaming each other..

    July 8, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Mark

    The republicans stressed in the last election that they would concentrate on jobs, jobs and more jobs. All we got was this poorly timed fight on the debt ceiling creating more uncertainty and killing any momentum the the economy had gained. Instead we got more partisian gridlock and the crazy notion that if we keep lowering taxes that the will somehow fix everything. Pure fantasy

    July 8, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Murf

    Creating a cliemate for business to grow is EVERY politician's responsibility. Sorry Boehner, as much as you'd like to cast this as a presidential or democratic issue you couldn't be more wrong. American voters expect action and the last elections gave you the Speaker's position to make stuff happen. It ain't happening. Where are the jobs Mr. Speaker?

    July 8, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    I'll bet the Repubs. had smiles on their faces when they read the report. Country First–bah !

    July 8, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. jma58

    That finger should poing back to Bonner. That was what was supposed to happen when they took over the house.Where are the jobs Bonner?

    July 8, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. SecedingfromTexas

    So, the Bush tax cuts only create----false hope?

    July 8, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. David S.

    Good question, Mr Boehner! Wasn't that your party's 2010 platform??? To create jobs???

    So...where are they???



    July 8, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. Jess C

    Yes, you and the GOP failed to deliver on your promise, Boner, how does that feel? Yes, you could care less because we all know it was never your intention to really do something different to create jobs. Your tax breaks don't seem to be the panacea you thought they would, no are they? You would lie & spin your way to get votes again, but my hope is people are a wee bit wiser. I would venture a guess is that employers are scared because of the GOP threat to not do anything about the debt ceiling. But the company I work for has been hiring, so far this year 15% of our small company of 70 are new hires. GOP, you are washed up.

    July 8, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Mr Man from Tan forgets that his party promised to create jobs and successfully duped the dummies into believing it

    July 8, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. just a thought

    I'm confused as to why nobody knows where the jobs are; I'm not over educated and I know where the jobs are.

    July 8, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. masgap

    Mr Speaker: you tell me where the jobs are? The Republicans claimed they would do this in November....Well where are the jobs? Where is the legislation? All I see is "NO"

    July 8, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Since you extremists ran on Jobs Jobs Jobs, we're wondering how those Bush tax cuts are working out for you Boner?

    July 8, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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