Republicans quick to react to jobs report
May 4th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans quick to react to jobs report

Washington (CNN) - Both the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and the chairman of the Republican National Committee were quick to use April's unemployment numbers to criticize President Barack Obama's job on creating jobs.

"It's a terrible and very disappointing report this morning. Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster, what's taking years and years for the recovery to occur. And we seem to be slowing down, not speeding up. This is not progress," Mitt Romney said Friday in an interview on Fox News.

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“This is very, very disappointing. A lot of American people are having difficult times, and this is not good news this morning," added the former Massachusetts governor, who argued the reason the rate dropped was due to more people leaving the workforce.

Romney's comments came just a few minutes after the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment level edged down from 8.2% in March to 8.1% in April.

The Labor Department also reported that the number of jobs rose by 115,000, lower than many economists had predicted. According to the report, 342,000 workers dropped out of the labor force, with the labor force participation rate, now at 63.6%, at its lowest level since 1981.

The RNC chairman was also quick to react to the jobs report.

"President Obama's desperate hype-and-blame campaign will try to spin today's anemic jobs report six ways to Sunday, but the facts remain clear: too many Americans have been unemployed for far too long. For millions, the economy is simply not working," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement that used the party committee's new "Hype and Blame" slogan.

"Three years ago, President Obama vowed to fix the economy in three years and to hold himself accountable to his record. Today's numbers remind us that he has failed to live up those promises, and he has no one to blame but himself. We must change course in November to ensure our children have the prosperous future they deserve," added Priebus, in his statement.

The White House did not put out an instant reaction to the jobs numbers. About an hour after the report's release, they did put out a statement.

"Today's employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but much more remains to be done to repair the damage caused by the financial crisis and the deep recession. It is critical that we continue the economic policies that are helping us dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began at the end of 2007," said Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

The president is expected to speak about the unemployment report later Friday morning at an event on student loans in Northern Virginia.

The economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans and jobs remains the top economic issue. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month indicated that Americans were split on which candidate could best jumpstart the economy, with 44% saying Obama would be more likely to get the economy moving and 42% saying that Romney would do a better job to stimulate the economy.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Reince Priebus • unemployment
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. s

    We aer wondering why it hasn't been faster. As Jim Carey would say GOP LOOOOOOSSSSSERSSSSS

    May 4, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. simp

    This is hilarious, these stupid repubs saying it's been 3 years and no improvement. Well guess what you idiots? it took you all and W 8 years to screw up this economy and at least President Obama is moving us in the right direction. Do the repubs think we are stupid?

    May 4, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Voters should remember the just say NO GOP/Tea Party Senate and Congressional politicians added to the country's economic woes for political gain.

    May 4, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Daniel

    So instead of doing anything about it, we're going to sit here and criticize and talk. Romney and his cohorts can shove it.

    May 4, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Lolo

    I am not wondering about anything. Only the Republicans are stupid enough to think that voters are falling for their crap. It took eight years to get into this mess and now they think that it can be cleaned up in four years. Give me a break. Please hurry up November. The GOP has become the party of liars thanks to S. Palin and the rest of the idiots. They have no concept of how the real world works period.

    May 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. JoetheUnemployed

    Shame and Blame, what a pitiful legacy.

    May 4, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. rla

    We are in a downward spiral with this president. Unemployment at -in reality 16-20%, people stopping looking for work, and I am sure Obama will tells us all is well?????? The spin is in!

    May 4, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Dave

    I'm just wondering, what plans do these GOP clowns have besides the same old trickle-down, de-regulation garbage that got us into this mess? It seems that all you people can do is throw bombs without offering up any ideas of your own. And you wonder why liberals mock your lack of brains...

    May 4, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. buttermybuttandcallmeabiscuit

    From January 2001-January 2007 Republicans were in complete charge of the government. During that time we were hit with the worst terrorist attack on American soil, engaged in two wars that were not paid for, and suffered the worst economic meltdown with zero (net) job creation since the Great Depression and Republicans call Obama a failure?

    May 4, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. jake

    OK folks, let's make this real simple, bottom line...the unemployment number went down. Yeah...never going to be right by you anyway, we get it. How about this...a man walks up to you and says "when I die, I will be going to another planet where I will rule". Bet you think that man is crazy and ready for the mental hospital don't you? Well, that makes Mitt the crazy man because that is what he believes in as a Mormon. And you would consider voting for this guy? Only if you're just as crazy should you.

    May 4, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. Mario

    Republican Control house need to start working for the American People and start passing some bill to get people back to work. The President's executive power is the only thing americans have to rely on. We need to vote out these do nothing Republican Congress

    May 4, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Bill

    Got news for you GOP'er s as your blow your horn for slow recovery. Every economist out there has stated we will have unemployment above 6% for the next 3 -5 years. Fact. This is what happens when an economy is pushed to the brink of collapse. It simply takes time to rebuild. And millions of those jobs (outsourceed overseas by polocies favored by Republicans) will never return. And the notion that the GOP has some magic pill is laughable, at best.

    May 4, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. AEJ

    Good news. Being in the "blue" is better than being in "red" under the Bush administration. Moody's Executive reported this morning that the number of persons dropping out of the workforce is largely due to baby boomers going into retirement. They are now off EI and enetering retirement. THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!! America is moving in the right direction – moving from 8.2% to 8.1%.
    Also, the job reports for December, January and February, showing over 250,000 jobs created were largely due to a mild winter. The weather has a lot to do with this report. Going forward we should be showing 170-175,000 jobs created and unemployment trending dowward to about 7.9% to 7.7%. A far cry from 10.5% under Bush's administration!!!!

    May 4, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Brian, Nj

    A bad day for America is a great day for Republicans. Try to have some class guys, the gloating is a turnoff.

    May 4, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    We've come to expect these moronic republicans to come out ever y first friday of the month and blabber off at the mouth about nothing. Didn't they run on a platform of jobs? From what i can see, they are trying everything in their power to make sure economic growth does not occur. As one of my fellow blogger's posted yesterday: "if you signed a pledge to Grover Norquist, you should be arrested for treason."

    May 4, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Roscoe Morris

    Most important line: According to the report, 342,000 workers dropped out of the labor force, with the labor force participation rate, now at 63.6%, at its lowest level since 1981.

    May 4, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. robw

    Look at the happiness emanating from that guys face! The republicans are so excited they are practically peeing in their pants because of these jobs numbers. They should be happy they have done everything that is humanly possible to fight any attempt the president has made to improve anything. I for one will be voting for the people who have been trying to fix things and not for the people who have been trying to sabotage the people trying to fix things.

    May 4, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Joseph Smith

    Romney is rooting for the economy to not improve. Anti-American.

    May 4, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. B

    Republicans have blocked every effort of President Obama to stimulate job growth in order to derail his presidency. The tea bags ran on" jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010 and got elected on a lie. Now, job growth is slow and they're celebrating. Mission Accomplished.

    May 4, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Heckuva job, Barry.

    May 4, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Common Cents

    Reince Priebus is a little weasel. Obviously these two don't realize that adding jobs and the unemployment rate decreasing is significantly better than shedding hunders of thousands jobs a month as a result of their policies when Obama first took office.

    The economy could be adding 700,000 jobs a month and they'd criticize Obama for not adding a million.

    May 4, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. BLKMANinAmerica

    "It's a terrible and very disappointing report this morning. Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster, what's taking years and years for the recovery to occur. And we seem to be slowing down, not speeding up. This is not progress," Mitt Romney said Friday in an interview on Fox News."....................CLEARLY 1.) the repuks need to ask what on earth they have done to make the 'recovery' move faster? 2). the repuks are NOT interested in American jobs and perhaps this is an issue to.

    May 4, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. 1crusader

    A dysfunctional gov't.i caused by the GOP in Congress has played a large part in the sluggish growth.They have not even embraced bills that they believe in; that would produce more jobs because the president proposed, incorporated those ideas, or signed on to them..

    May 4, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Louis in Wisc.

    Let's see 115,00 new jobs and unemplyment drops and all they got is it's not enough.. well Republicans we have had way to much of your giving to the rich so get ready for Nov. it's not going to pretty for you keep going negative and see how votes that gets you..

    May 4, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Brian in DC

    Let the excuses for Obama's failures start in 5..4..3..2..1....

    May 4, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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