White House blogs on jobless August
September 2nd, 2011
01:37 PM ET
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White House blogs on jobless August

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration painted a stark picture of unemployment Friday both on television and the internet following the Labor Department release of employment numbers reflecting no gain in jobs for the month of August.

"Clearly, faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn," said Katharine Abraham, a member of the president's Council of Economic Advisers.

Overall payroll employment remained flat and unemployment stayed static at 9.1 percent. But employment increases in health care, social assistance, professional and business services were offset by employment declines in construction, information, manufacturing, and local government sectors. Loss numbers included striking works at telecom giant Verizon.

Still, Abraham cautioned, "Monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and employment estimates are subject to substantial revision…as the Administration always stresses, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report."

In an interview on CNN's Newsroom, Labor Sec. Hilda Solis turned to straight talk. "Forget the childish play. Forget the politics. Let's put people back to work," she said.

She echoed recommendations from the White House blog to improve the jobs picture and explained proposals the department is considering.

"Let's do some of the things that we know have already paid off – extension of the payroll tax; infrastructure dollars that will put construction and people who are in trades and industry back to work and also help to extend support for long term unemployed," Solis argued.

"We look at extending tax cuts for the middle class for people who work and also for businesses so that they'll be encouraged to hire more people. We are looking at also extending that safety net for those people who have experienced long term unemployment as well as infrastructure development. We hear it from mayors who are saying if we could get money into infrastructure right now we could help create millions of jobs."


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Make corporate tax to 15 percent, for some time. Levy tariff on foreign made goods, stress on Made in USA. Listen, at time i get irritated, I had to work with Nail, Box says made in India. Shame on you America, Can't Pittsburgh make it??????T shirt I wore says, made in Vietnam. Stupid idiots, can't America make it and sell it for 2.99?????Greed, Greed, Greed, and Greed, GOP greed....they ship jobs overseas. call centers overseas. I am canceling all the Bank cards, when i hear the other end from Bangalore or Shanghai, or Philippines....o.k, do the same for five years, disease is cured...

    September 2, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Enough is Enough

    Until one more person is unemployed who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave the enonomy will never turn around. You cannot be a socialist who is prounion, protrial lawyer, and for illegals and expect positive things to happen to the economy. These 3 groups are all blood sucking leaches on the economy.

    September 2, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    While the Obama adminstration looks to extend payroll tax cuts, the Republicans are looking to eliminate them. While the Obama administration is looking to maintain and upgrade our crumbling infrastructure, the Republicans are cutting this budgets.

    September 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    "Clearly, faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn," said Katharine Abraham, a member of the president's Council of Economic Advisers.
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    My, what a keen grasp of the obvious. I hope we're not paying this idiot too much for repeating this over and over the past 3 years!

    and also help to extend support for long term unemployed," Solis argued.
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    ENOUGH!!! It needs to go back to what it normally was. Lengthening this to 2 years of benefits was the DUMBEST thing these idiots did. It takes all the pressure off the individual to find and take a job.

    September 2, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. TEA PARTY Mike

    This dismal jobs report is absolutely the result of Obama's and the Democrat's failed policies.
    Obama got everything he asked for that he said would jump start the economy, create millions of jobs and usher us into a period of great prosperity lead by the green economy. Yet at the same time Obama was getting over a trillion dollars to spend for policies to create jobs, he and the Democrats were passing bills full of new regulations and mandates and taxes to hold the private sector back. I do not believe this was their intent, but it is the result. Progressives just do not understand the American economy well enough to fix it. They are anti business and believe they are correct to be anti business.
    Obama got everything he wanted.
    Obama got the stimulus passed. He got an increase in the budget of 600 billion to the current level of 3.8 trillion, up from the last Bush budget of 3.2 trillion. The increase in the budget increased spending in all government departments including infrastructure for all those shovel ready jobs he loves to talk about. He got Obamacare passed which Pelosi said would create 400,000 jobs right away. He got extensions of unemployment. Obama says a new extension of unemployment will create a million jobs, if that worked there should have been millions created from the past extensions. Obama got all of this and yet here we are.
    Obama did not say when the stimulus was passed that we are about to spend 800 billion dollars that will not do much and 3 years from now we will need to spend hundreds of billions more. What he said was the if it was passed right away it would create millions of jobs and keep unemployment below 8% and grow the economy. It has delivered on none of this anywhere close to the levels promised.
    Republicans did not block any of this. The fault is on Obama's shoulders, after 3 years this economy is his.
    We don't know yet what will be in Obama's new jobs plan, no idea to what level Republicans and voters may support or reject it.
    We do know that no matter what Obama's plan is, Republicans will be passing a series of bills in the House to roll back regulations and provide tax relief that the private business sector is saying is what is really needed to get the government out of the way so they can expand and create more jobs. Until these bills are passed and signed by Obama, it is not likely anything else the government might do will help much. Will Obama and Senate Democrats work with Republicans to pass these bills or will they kill them?

    September 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Ed Texas

    Obama needs to come up with some very creative proposals to get people back to work. Don't rely on the GOP/Tea Baggers. All they will give you is the same old tired "Voodoo, Trickle-down, Economics". Plus, The Republicans priority is to make Obama a one term President while taking the country hostage in order to wreak havoc on the economy in order to make him look bad all while answering to their leaders like Dick Army and Glover Norquest.

    September 2, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. gt

    dont matter what party .. we must get americans working ... stop exporting jobs to china and mexico...

    September 2, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. The Other Michael in Houston

    Still not getting it President Obama, are you? The problem with America's unemployment "crisis" is the American him/herself and no amount of money will change that. People, if you are working in a field, and there is no more work in that field, nothing wrong with finding another career. I know, I know, you want to do what you want to do, not what you need to do and that is the problem. Americans have this sense of entiltlement like somehting is owed to you. I saw this story about on T.V. about this town where the mojority of the town worked for a factory and the factory moved it's operations to Thailand, so these people instead of leaving this town and finding work somewhere else, they rather stay, struggle and cry about not having a job. I think we could learn alot from the Mexican population. You want to know why they come here, because the only jobs in most of Mexico is working for cartels and they want a honest living so they come here where they can make a living without risking thier lives daily. So how about going to go get a job versus expecting someone to give you a job. I just interviewed a guy who turned my my offer, I was offering the guy 40,000.00 plus benefits and this guy told me that he was accustomed to making 60,000.00 per year and he would not accept less. Now this was a friend of my friend, who has been out of work for over 2 years, house is in forecloser, has to hide his vehicle from the repo man, so he'd rather sit at home and 0.00 a year versus 40,000 per year???????? Since of entitlement. That is what is wrong with the American jobs "crisis".

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    September 2, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. The Other Michael in Houston

    Still not getting it President Obama, are you? The problem with America's unemployment "crisis" is the American him/herself and no amount of money you throw at it will change that. People, if you are working in a field, and there is no more work in that field, nothing wrong with finding another career. I know, I know, you want to do what you want to do, not what you need to do and that is the problem. Americans have this sense of entiltlement like somehting is owed to you. I saw this story about on T.V. about this town where the mojority of the town worked for a factory and the factory moved it's operations to Thailand, so these people instead of leaving this town and finding work somewhere else, they rather stay, struggle and cry about not having a job. I think we could learn alot from the Mexican population. You want to know why they come here, because the only jobs in most of Mexico is working for cartels and they want a honest living so they come here where they can make a living without risking thier lives daily. So how about going to go get a job versus expecting someone to give you a job. I just interviewed a guy who turned my my offer, I was offering the guy 40,000.00 plus benefits and this guy told me that he was accustomed to making 60,000.00 per year and he would not accept less. Now this was a friend of my friend, who has been out of work for over 2 years, house is in forecloser, has to hide his vehicle from the repo man, so he'd rather sit at home and 0.00 a year versus 40,000 per year???????? Since of entitlement. That is what is wrong with the American jobs "crisis".

    1

    September 2, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Anders Perillo

    Don't worry...nobody sees the veiled references to nothing more than more "stimulus" spending in there. "Just a little more defiicit spending here, folks...nothing to worry about...move along now..."

    September 2, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Patrick from Minnesota

    Obama should do something like FDR's famous fireside talks to boost national morale. We're on the road of recovery, but the people need more specifics.

    September 2, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. joesnopy

    Hey it must be the sum of jobs lost and added because we hired about 30 people in Aug so I know 30 peoper were hired in Aug.

    September 2, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. joesnopy

    Let me add also a few of the 30 were overseas. Sorry America.

    September 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. rob

    Great, more "Shovel ready projects" that were promised $800 billion ago to keep umemployment under 8%. Remember them.
    Just more wastefull spending for temporary relief. The only way for the Govt to help the employment rates is to stop the over regulations and spending that freeze employers because they don't know how much the cost of doing business will rise.

    September 2, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. CoJo

    it might be an interesting experiment to have say the top 5 republican ideas implemented say by end of Sept. And if the unemployment does NOT get down to at least 8.1% by end of the election, then ALL republicans in congress unconditionally resign (including the tea drinkers). If their plans can't be implemented by end of Sept, then they obviously don't have enough details to even suggest ideas and therefore should resign. Are the republicans game to bet THEIR jobs on their ideas?

    September 2, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Namedanny ramos

    9.1 unemployment, lie, thousands of baby boomers retiring every month, dropping out of job market n proping up numbers so unemployment seems less than it really is...where r your reporters on this take

    September 2, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |