Republicans pin blame for flat jobs report on Obama
July 6th, 2012
09:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans pin blame for flat jobs report on Obama

(CNN) – A weak jobs report Friday was followed quickly by finger pointing from Republicans, who blamed President Barack Obama for enacting policies that have prevented growth and dissuaded employers from hiring.

U.S. employers created 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%.

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Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's made remarks in New Hampshire, saying the jobs report was a "kick in the gut" and that Obama's policies were costing the country jobs.

READ MORE: Romney reacts to 'kick in the gut' jobs report

House Speaker John Boehner slammed Obama for policies he said weren't working.

"Today's report shows the private sector clearly isn't 'doing fine' and that President Obama's policies have failed," Boehner wrote, making reference to a remark Obama made at a press conference in June.

In his statement, Boehner also criticized Senate Democrats for stalling on Republican-passed jobs bills. The House Speaker also pointed to an upcoming vote on continuing the Bush-era tax cuts, which he said needed to be extended to help small businesses grow.

"Republicans are listening to the American people and continuing to put economic growth and job creation front and center. We need the president and Senate Democrats to do the same," Boehner said.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a statement the jobs report amounted to "devastating news for the millions of Americans looking for work."

"The Obama economy is defined by chronically high unemployment," Priebus wrote. "Our country is coming out of the worst quarter of job creation in two years. ObamaCare and President Obama's other policies simply are not working and disappointed Americans are ready for a new direction."

Priebus also used Friday's report to tout the ideas put forth by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying Romney's business background would help him improve America's economy.

"Gov. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership our economy needs," Priebus wrote. "With his successful record in business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, he has a proven track record. It's time to accept President Obama's offer of a 'one-term proposition,' send Mitt Romney to the White House, and finally get America working again."

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Georgia, called the report "pretty pitiful" Friday morning on CNN.

'This is bad news for the president. But more importantly, it's really bad news for the American people," Gingrey said on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

But Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement that Obama's policies, while not a "quick fix," were helping the economy turn around.

"It is critical that we continue the policies that build an economy that works for the middle class and makes us stronger and more secure as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession," Krueger said. "There are no quick fixes to the problems we face that were more than a decade in the making. President Obama has proposals to create jobs by ending tax breaks for companies to ship jobs overseas and supporting State and local governments to prevent layoffs and rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers."

Krueger also cautioned against putting too much weight on any single monthly jobs report, saying the figures could change.

"As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision," Krueger wrote. "Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available."

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Of course the Repubs blame President Obama. The have been blaming him since he took office in Jan 2009. while repubs in congress obstructing any progress they can. VOTE these obstructionist out of congress and out of office asap.

    July 6, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Krueger also cautioned against putting too much weight on any single monthly jobs report, saying the figures could change.
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    What does Krueger say about putting too much weight on any single 3 1/2 year jobs record? The unemployment rate has increased by 65% since the day Obama took office in 2008 when it was at 5%. The ironic thing is that with all of these spending increases he claims each time it's about "jobs creation". A long time ago it became clear he is either lying or just plain doesn't know how to create jobs in the American economy. I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was not lying. In that case it is absolutely time to elect someone who understands the economy. Romney 2012.

    July 6, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Steve- Illinois

    So how many months of lethargic job growth does it take to convince you that this economy is not recovering?
    The reality is there has been little recovery, in this recovery! The unemployment numbers have come down from their peak, but 80% of the drop is due to people "giving up" looking for work! The monthly "jobs created" isn't keeping up with new people entering the work force. Until we get an administration that has at least the slightest grasp of business, economics, and finance, any improvement will remain horribly slow!

    July 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. tom

    So the republican fox killed all the chickens in 2008 and now he's complaining because there aren't enough chickens yet.

    It ain't Aesop, but its still a fable.

    July 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. DDanny1

    The GOP has asked Repub Governors of states that have reduced unemployment to not publicize the increase in jobs. At least 2 GOP Superpacs and the Chamber of Commerce have sent out fundraising letters suggesting hiring with the "economic uncertainty" would not be intelligent. If they get away with this we might as well allow employers to brand their employees and replace the EPA with Big Oil and Food and Drug administration with Big Tobacco.

    July 6, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. booskoo

    Obama has had 3 1/2 years to get the economy going again after the democrat House/Senate of 2007-2009 wrecked it. He doesn't understand the being Anti-Business is BAD for the Economy. The economy under Bush did fine until 2007. Now that Obamacare is Law, a NEW 3.8% addition Capital Gains Tax is in effect, which will kill the Pathetic Recovery.

    July 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. coflyboy

    Well yeah, Republicans blame EVERYTHING on Obama. Of course , Mr Bush had nothing to do with it. Hey Republicans!: If you keep sticking your head in the sand then this country will continue going nowhere. This is why Romney has zero chance of becoming president. Work together and we will become the greatest country on earth (again). Imagine this: working for the PEOPLE. THIS is why Republicans are hated.

    July 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. STUPID REPUBLICANS

    Republicans are always trying to come up with something to tear down something good that someone is doing. Republicans wants to be the person in the cape that flies in to save the day. Sorry, not this time around, Obama has stabilized the country and we are not going to let your clowns ruin it again, like the Bush's that started war schemes for this country for their personal gain. I am an Independent, but has made my mind to VOTE FOR OBAMA AGAIN. Sorry Repubics, you are no longer worthy of Capitol Hill and to govern my people on the United States. Your stupid empire is crumbling and I hope you crumble with it, with all your fraud financial gains, to experience how us little people are experiencing. Down with Dick Cheney, Bushes, Rumsfeld, CIA, and the Bush Republican Regime.

    July 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Chris L.

    It really boggles my mind how these no nothing and act nothing republicans have the audacity to wrongfully attack this
    President about jobs creation for our country. People!!! Wake up! These disgusting and traitor republicans are the one LITERALLY destroying the economy and slowing job creation. How? They have botched or refused pretty much every single jobs program or creation that the President has presented or even worked with them to provide to the American people. Should we be surprised? They have publicly said they wanted this president to fail. Go figure! Hence, don't be surprise why the job numbers are low now...and that is because the republicans in the house and senate have totally and categorically refused to pass any jobs program that the president offered and presented. This goes to show you that they are ready to see all of America fail (except their corporate and rich friends) so that they can see this president fail and be kicked out of office. Unbelievable! Just unbelievable...it doesn't matter if you are a republican, democrat or independent voter, you should be appalled at this and blame the real people(Republican of the lamest Congress in history) who are destroying or slowing down this economy just to get back in power. As I said, wake up America. See the real situation that is going on here. Think twice here before you want to vote back these republicans again in November.

    July 6, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Laura, Boston

    I think Alan Krueger better do a serious reality check. Small businesses are not going to hire due in part to the increase in healthcare from Obamacare for one!

    Employers will add 30 minutes to existing employees hours and save from having to hire new help!

    July 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. patty

    You know what there are jobs out there. Two people from where I work were just hired for better jobs. No one can tell me there aren't jobs. People just don't want to do them.

    July 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. bennie

    Justice Roberts let Obamacare slide because he knows that it will cause permanent harm to the democrat party when it becomes a Disastrous DEBACLE. Had he nixed it, no one would have ever known how bad it is.

    That's a SMIRK on his face, not a smile.

    July 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. bee

    Which American people are the Repug listening too. The party of No is shameful in their criticisms, when there on misson to tank this pres.Obama will win this Nov.

    July 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Juan

    Sucks to unemployed. But if you have the skills, like electrical enginnering, mechanical design, know programming languages like Java/c, etc. Feel free to come to Seattle... lots of jobs... and Microsoft, Boeing, etc. will maybe hire you instead of hiring Indians from India. Just saying... maybe. Of course there are 1,000's of other employers here, from medical to financial, to video game makers... if you are into production though, no unions, if that's your thing, and most jobs are filled by Asians.

    July 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Newmoon2

    Wait, I thought government did not create jobs! Where are all those 'jobs creators' who have been getting those nice Bush tax cuts for the past DECADE?! Oh, that's right... they're shipping jobs overseas and HOARDING the profits! Never mind.

    July 6, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Peace

    These people have no shame at all. They dismantled the economy and now they are throwing their blames to the President who is trying to put things right. We are not stupid republicans, we can differentiate between wrong and right.

    July 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Name keshalaws

    Divert, divert! I'll take flat over losses anyday.

    July 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. woodofpine

    What about the policies of deregulating mortgage lenders and securities issuers in the early to mid-2000's (that can regulate themselves)? And the policies of rampant unfunded military spending under Reagan and W which increased national debt by a combined >800%? Might THAT have had a little to do with our present condition...

    July 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Indie in VA

    ...and the GOP cheers the lack of growth.

    Haven't seen such hotheaded patriotism since the days of Benedict Arnold.

    July 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Fheal

    They (the GOP) are left without a leg to stand on. After ushering in these dismal years by practicing the worst economics since that Greatest -of- Depression, they lack the common decency to own up to their own failures. Repeating the same mantra they boar the mind, dull the recovery, and stymie compromise. How dare they now offer a candidate who's track record is breaking apart business, of reducing employment, and then sending what remains overseas. How dare they. Perhaps this party should respectfully depart the discussion, until willing to RSVP us a request to partake in what they've been hoarding.

    July 6, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. drc6212

    Keep up the good work GOP.

    July 6, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  22. The Truth Teller

    This is a complete lie when the pubs try to pin this only on him . This is just another point of evident that the pubs are "H" bent on making the first Black Pres. look bad , and for those who think other wise , all you have to do is look at history ! From Jessie Owens , to the first Black football player to Government ! All these examples are right in your face ! Black folks have seen this movie so many times and when we try to point it out you always have these so called Americans (white in general ) always never play by the same rules if Obama was white ! I remember a few years back a white retired admiral asked me why is that you don't see to many Blacks going into the armed forces , I had to think on that for a bit being a Vet. myself but as I thought about it I have been telling young Black men to go to college , then he asked even though the military was the first to open the gates I then said it's not about that it's that out of all the wars this country has been in we have fought and died next to our white brothers and as soon as the conflict was over we still had separate schools , treated different in the court system , I ended it with this thought and he was like wow I never looked at it that way ! I stated We as Black folks have always loved this country but she doesn't love us ! It's a shame even after I have served to keep even the most races safe I still feel this way a sorry situation indeed ! "PEACE"

    July 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Sirned

    Republicans defended outsourcing as free market. While they held congress under Bush outsourcing skyrocketed after Bushes tax cuts. Now Republicans are pushing for more tax cuts. I guess they think more outsourcing is the answer because there is no law to keep the money here at home to create jobs. When Obama took office we were losing 700 thousand jobs a month. Obama has created over 4 million jobs and even now with 80 thousand jobs created Republicans complain....

    July 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. charlesName

    Well not good but come on its congress that's not doing there job. Pass the jobs bill!!! And stop tax cuts to those that leave this country and tax more to those that leave. Tax there product when they want to send it back here. Then they will be will to come back here.

    July 6, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. CAR

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah!!! So what's the GOP's answer to an economy that seems to be stuck in neutral? Still waiting for a legit alternative.

    July 6, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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