(CNN) - Mitt Romney was the first Republican presidential candidate to react to November's promising jobs report, criticizing President Barack Obama's performance and saying that "the fact that so many millions of Americans are unemployed only highlights the urgent need for a fundamental change in the direction of our country."
The Labor Department on Friday announced the nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.6% last month, the lowest level since March of 2009, with employers adding 120,000 jobs, marking a pick up in hiring from October. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected an additional 110,000 jobs in the month and the unemployment rate to remain unchanged.
Job growth from the two prior months was also stronger than originally reported, which was behind the drop in the overall unemployment rate. An additional 72,000 jobs were added during September and October combined.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination, put out a statement minutes after the release of the Labor Department report, saying that "today's unemployment figures bring to 34 the number of months that unemployment in the United States has been over 8 percent, the longest such spell since the Great Depression. The Obama administration may have come to accept such a high level of joblessness as the new normal. I will never accept it."
"It's very good news obviously, going into the holiday season. People are shopping again. So very good news that the unemployment rate is down, more people back to work. But look overall at the president's record on the economy. Its been miserable," added Romney, in an interview Friday morning on Fox News.
Polling indicates that the economy, by far, remains the top concern of American voters, and that jobs remain, by far, the most pressing economic concern.
The White House applauded the new numbers, but said more work remains.
"Today's employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but the pace of improvement is still not fast enough given the large job losses from the recession that began in December 2007," said Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement.
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Wow. Romney must be getting a little frustrasted that the jobs picture is improving. This is the only line of attack he has got on Obama. Heck can we even trust him to get us in a better employment situation when his 'vast' corporate experience involved shipping jobs to China. He should be careful not to flip flop on his criticism if the employment situation improves even further. I am personally tired of his flip flops. And will not trust a job exporter to get this country where it needs to be.
When will the people of AMERICA start thinking on their on, Yes the unemployment rate is high, today it's 8.5%. President Obama can't make company hire anyone. When people say President Obama isn't doing anything or enough on jobs, START thinking on your own.
ok the unemployment rate has gone DOWN for the first time in months, the private section hiring is UP and Mitt STILLS finds a reason to be critical of Obama? How ignorant is this? This coming from a man that bought companies and laid-off hundreds of our fellow Ameicans.
one would wish that romney had felt so strongly about the unemployed and needs for job quite a while ago, and had the courage to go to washington as ask republicans to, at minimum, cooperate on getting a jobs bill passed to get families back to work. but instead, he is the new messenger for the party of "no". no to jobs. no to fair taxes for the middle class. no to some hope of change to recapture our economic security for families during this christian holiday season.
Willard Romney is so full of crap, it's not even funny anymore. He's responsible for sending more jobs overseas than most politicians combined.
"the fact that so many millions of Americans are unemployed only highlights the urgent need for a fundamental change in the direction of our country."
For once Mitt and I agree. We do need a change in the direction of our country. The only way I can see to get past the stranglehold the GOP has on Americans - MIDDLE CLASS - Americans is to vote each and every Republican who continues to obstruct President Obama's plans for economic growth out of office.
Where Mitt and I disagree is in putting a REPUBLICAN president back at the helm. Having already suffered through 10 years of Republican control, I have no wish to return to the same policies which caused such destruction to begin with.
Not to ship jobs "Overseas"? Idiot.....Folks, just vote all the GOP and Congress out of offices. Obama2012.
Glad you mentioned this Mittens – it will remind the American people of the failed and inept GOP policies that created this fricking mess. Been there, done that.
I wonder if Mittens the limp wristed spineless jellyfish has any thoughts on what the unemployment rate would have been if republicans had actually helped President Obama create jobs.
do something real big , create thousnads of jobs... allow the pipe line from canada to the gulf...christmas part time help is nothing to get excited much about...wake up mr president....we need jobs..now... not next november after the election,,,
Romney – You have not done a thing to create jobs. You do not even have a suggestion, besides tax cuts for the rich, which is a failed policy of the GWB era. The rich only invest if there are consumers, and for consumers to exist they need to be able to spend. Lower taxes on the poor and they will spend the money, which in turn will get the rich to invest. It has never worked the other way around.
This is clearly the typical republican response: ATTACK. Why would we give our country back to the same party that put us into the situation we currently are in? President Obama has not been the perfect president he has his faults his main focus day one should have been jobs and not health care but however he is still the best alternative to a President Newt or a President Mitt who are nothing but empty suits for sale to the biggest corporate bidder. My choice and I'm sure my other educated Americans have made the decision in 2012 we will re-elect President Obama.
What seems to get lost in most of these articles (and the Republicans love to ignore) is the prive sector is chugging along and the stubbornly high unemployment rate is due, in large part, to the huge cuts in government payrolls which is due to massive goverment budget cuts. Republicans can't scream for cuts in the size of government and then be surprised at the unemployment numbers. If your policies are putting people out of work (for better or worse in the long run) they are going to show up on the unemployment rolls. You have to give some time for them to be absorbed into the private sector.
It has to be hard for Mittens. He is being rejected by his own party again, and despite his lies, each day the jobs report gets better. Other than being a flip flopper, there is nothing he brings to the table.
President Obama will win in 2012. I am an employer and I know Jobless rate will fall below 8% before the election without a single help from the other side including you romney who will never be president because you won't.
Right. Good report and that is why Obama is bad. Geez. Denial is not only in Egypt.
Romney wanted to leave GM and Chrysler hanging in the wind, and wants to speed up the foreclosures on the homes of millions of Americans. He isn't the guy who's going to bring in jobs. He's the guy who's going to help companies make money by laying people off.
Dispite the cheerleading at CNN about this "promising" jobs report, the jobs added do not come close to the number that would really mean an improving employment picture. Many more fair news outlets are reporting the rest of the story. The reason for the fall to 8.6% is because more people are deciding not to seek jobs, instead probably waiting for the Govt to handout more unemployment checks.
And he can says this knowing it is his party that obstructs every move Obama proposes to create jobs. All to protect the wealthy cronies like himself because even though they know it may be right to end the Bush cuts, they have sold their souls to Norquist to keep them. Shame on the entire GOP. Blaming Obama has become a joke. Those cuts were never meant to be permanent and they our costing this country.
The Bain Capitalist outsourcer is a tone-deaf hypocrite. Didn't do much for MA, did even worse for Bain.
Willard Romney the man for jobs in China and India.
If Willard can't handle softball interviews on Faux Noise, he's in trouble.
That sounds crazy.. Romney just mad Newt is kicking his behind... U are talking about the wrong guy...Obama not worried about U too much at all... Even the GOP guys don't like U they would rather pick Newt.. what a lame...
It appears that it doesn't matter to Romney how good or bad the unemployment numbers are. He will always be attacking the President. He's like an ex-wife – there's no pleasing him.
Memo to Mitt: Republicans don't like you. American voters will like you even less. I just don't think you've gotten the hint yet.
When the rate goes up Obama gets the blame, now when it goes down he gets criticizes. We are on to U sir.....Obama 2012...
Obama's "so called" glowing Jobs Report is so misleading it's borderline comical. So out of work mechanical engineers have landed Christmas Season employment at Home Depot. No Big Deal and certainly not the result of anti-business Bozo's involvement but he'll be the first to take credit for it. Let's talk again in mid-February!