(CNN) – Following up on the sluggish job numbers released Friday, the White House maintained the economy is still undergoing growth.
"There is more work to be done, but today's employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression," said Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March job report earlier in the morning, showing what some analysts describe as anemic numbers with only 120,000 jobs created last month and a minor dip in the unemployment rate to 8.2%.
Leading Republicans have already pounced on the new numbers, using them to shine a light on what many of them call the president's "failed economic policies."
While the White House pointed to still-struggling industries, such as the construction the housing markets, Krueger in his statement touted progress in the manufacturing sector. He said the economy has added private sector jobs for 25 straight months, "for a total of 4.1 million jobs over that period."
Repeating its often-used line, the White House cautioned against relying too heavily on the latest numbers as an indicator or the economy's strength, saying the monthly figures can be "volatile" and estimates are subject to revision.
"Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available," Krueger said.