(CNN) – Top Republicans responded to new job numbers released Friday, which showed a lower-than-expected increase of 120,000 jobs in March and a slight slip in the unemployment rate to 8.2%.
Republican leaders used the moment to pin the president over the still-struggling economy.
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"Over three years ago, President Obama projected that the unemployment rate would be below six percent by now thanks to his stimulus. But the stimulus failed, and unemployment has been far above that level ever since," said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus in a statement.
Saying unemployment is still "unacceptably high," Priebus argued the solution to the country's economic problems rests in "electing a new president in November."
The RNC argued that women were especially feeling hit by the economy
“President Obama and his fellow Democrats love to say they stand for women, but women can no longer stand the Obama economy. Women deserve better, and in November we will hold him accountable,” said RNC co-chair Sharon Day in a statement.
GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney also weighed in, putting out a statement describing the new numbers as "weak and very troubling."
"Millions of Americans are paying a high price for President Obama's economic policies, and more and more people are growing so discouraged that they are dropping out of the labor force altogether," Romney said. "It is increasingly clear the Obama economy is not working and that after three years in office the President's excuses have run out."
Piling on, House Speaker John Boehner faulted the president and blamed the unemployment struggle on Obama's "failed economic policies."
"Just think what could be achieved if Washington started being part of the solution instead of the problem and took steps to liberate the world's greatest economy from the shackles of big government," Boehner said in a statement.