September 7th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls jobs report 'not good enough'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called the last month's jobs report, which showed weak growth and over 350,000 people dropping out of the workforce, "not good enough" at a rally on Friday, meanwhile mocking Republicans' tax proposals and asking for another four years to accomplish his proposals.

The unemployment rate fell in August from 8.3% to 8.1%, according to the Labor Department report issued Friday, but that slip was fueled by 368,000 people dropping out of the workforce.

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The 96,000 jobs added is far below the generally accepted 150,000 needed to simply keep up with population growth, and Obama said that "there is a lot more that we can do."

"We need to create more jobs faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession faster. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in," Obama told voters in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

"When Congress gets back to town next week," he continued, "you need to send them a message: go ahead and give middle class families and small businesses the confidence of knowing that their taxes, your taxes will not go up next year."

The president traveled to the battleground state in the wake of his party's nominating convention, which concluded Thursday evening in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. GOP challenger Mitt Romney is to campaign in the Granite State Friday evening.

Romney's running mate, meanwhile, held a rally in Nevada, a battleground state where the unemployment rate is 12%. Rep. Paul Ryan said at the steamy outdoor event at a Peterbilt Motors Company dealership in Sparks, Nevada the president is "good at giving great speeches, he's just really bad at creating jobs."

"You know we learned today for that every person that got a job, nearly four people stopped looking for a job," the Wisconsin lawmaker said, comparing the 96,000 new jobs and 368,000 people who dropped from the workforce. " They gave up. We can't keep doing this," the Wisconsin lawmaker said

He added, "Friends, this is not an economic recovery, this is nowhere close to an economic recovery. We need a new president and we need a real economic recovery."

Obama told supporters Friday "I need four more years" to accomplish a set of goals he laid out in his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

"New Hampshire, I need you to help me recruit a hundred thousand math and science teachers and improve early childhood education and give two million workers the skills they need at community colleges," he said.

He also called for deficit reduction, doubling exports in the next two years, and halving imports of oil in the next 8 years in his Thursday evening remarks.

Speaking to reporters in Iowa before Obama's event, Romney said Obama "has been unable to deliver on virtually any of the promises he made when he ran for office four years ago.

"The idea that the American people are going to accept the same promises again would be one that I think would be flying in the face of America's ability to understand what's in their best interest," he said.

Obama has previously blasted Republicans - and they have criticized him - for the standoff over an extension of Bush-era tax breaks which is to expire at the end of this year, absent Congressional action. Obama and many Democrats favor extending the break on income below a certain threshold - Obama has advocated for $250,000 - while Republicans generally favor extending the break on all levels of income.

The three-day convention had its share of criticism Romney and the Republicans, and on the trail Friday, Obama blasted the GOP for offering "the same prescriptions that they've had for the last 30 years."

"Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations and, oh, more tax cuts," Obama said. "Tax cuts when times are good, tax cuts when times are bad, tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds.

"Tax cuts to improve your love life," he continued. "It'll cure anything, according to them."

New Hampshire is one of the nine toss-up states on the CNN Electoral Map. Obama won the state and its four electoral votes by nine percentage points in the 2008 election.

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report

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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Joi Gibson

    It may not be good enough, I'll agree, but I'm sure those 96,000 folks are damn happy to have jobs. It is better than losing 96,000 jobs. I will still stick with President Obama. I prefer his method than that of trickle down economics.

    You simply cannot clean up eight years of poo in four years, given that the recession was far deeper than most realized. The President's Jobs Bill would be a good start.


    September 7, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Democrat

    Obama has turned me into a republican because he's so far left.

    September 7, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Rick in OP

    "The 96,000 jobs added is far below the generally accepted 150,000 needed to simply keep up with population growth".

    Thank you for finally printing this fact. Unless 150,000 new jobs are created each month, we are going backwards instead of forward.
    This month's unemployment report was bad, really bad. We cannot go through four more years of this.

    September 7, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. CanadaONE

    REASON- ok write this down! one more time

    1. Job loss is due to the changing world market – products are beeing produced and sold at a cheaper price by other countries
    2. Many Americans like Romney have helped these countriers with lesser salaries get the jobs – i..e. sourceing out – ask BAIN
    3. America is no longer a major market and CANNOT produce jobs unlkess they can compete INTERNATIONALLY!

    THINK – what are the ways to compete internationally? – demand for product – cost of production – international trade

    Next time I will charge you 50 K

    September 7, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Joan in MS

    Bin Laden is dead. GM is alive.

    Plus, another 96k with jobs. Recovery is still recovering!

    How could any American, in good conscious, put those two GOP liars in charge of this great country?

    September 7, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. lou

    Way to give the opposition another chant line. Watch for 'not good enough' coming to commercials near you.

    September 7, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Shannon

    What gets me is these damn job reports! where the hell do they get their inaccurate information from? They state that people have dropped out of the job market? well speaking for my self um noooooooooooo.....They state that people are working multiple jobs because of the economy and so on and so fourth...ok granted some are and that is because they are trying to get back on their feet and back above water HOWEVER are they counting jobs like Home Health which I have been working for years even before all this financial crap happened because if so those numbers are not correct.... I have worked for 5 different agencies due to the fact that in home health there is never a promise that there will be a patient and have worked all 5 for several years and many nurses, cna's, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and private care
    providers work for multiple agencies and probably always have also there has been a long history that many healthcare providers that work in hospitals and nursing homes also work home health please answer my question how in the heck is the point that many people are working multiple jobs make a difference now when a lot of Americans have always worked multiple jobs way before this financial problem ever took place.... I have always worked more then one job and if not worked a job and went to school full time...makes no sense to me! OOH and one more thing how many of the unemployment numbers that state people are out of work are accurate? How many of those that are unemployed lost their jobs due to being irresponsible in attendance, stealing, drugs, or other reasons other then just being layed off or a job closing? How many how do they determine those numbers, who do they count cause if those things aren't being considered those unemployment numbers are INACCURATE as well! Just a thought!

    September 7, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Lionel

    The Republicans left the country in pretty big mess and now they are blaming Obama for not cleaning it up fast enough.

    It took Bush 8 years to get us into this hole and it will take Obama 8 years to clean it up. Had congress passed the jobs bills that Obama proposed, we would have had 1 million more jobs. Paul Ryan and Boehner are smiling but the American people know this.

    I am sticking with Obama.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    September 7, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. DefendComSen

    Joi – First off, why just 8 years of poo when the housing collapse lies clearly, and unarguably, on the feet of Bill Clinton? Let's agree to 16 years of poo.

    Second, 96000 government jobs do not impress me. When you own a business creating jobs and I steal your money in the name of tax reform to give to 96000 people on the government dole in low-end, non revenue producing jobs what exactly have we accomplished other than redistribution of wealth. It may make us feel good, but it didn't so anything for America.

    September 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |

    Mitt Romney in 2012 and he will win. Barack Obama your time us over. You will be added to the unemployment

    September 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Ex-GOP Con

    Like Bill Clinton said, It's just arithmetic:

    $1,000,000 in offshore accounts.

    divided by a $50,000 middle class income

    = 20 jobs NOT being created by the "job creators".

    Which mean 20 less people spending so companies aren't earning money to hire more people.

    And the Republicans RINOs are whining to the government for jobs?

    September 7, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Todd Shawver

    To all of those who comment above, at least you are all discussing the "correct" topic of this election, and that is, the Economy and Jobs! Government does not create jobs, businesses do. So, search your soul for the answer, who is best qualified to create the best environment for "businesses" to hire. FLIndependent above is correct on the "raise revenue and spending cuts".... that's exactly how a business balances its books. This country is, for the most part, a large business........ Who will you trust to balance the books?

    September 7, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. gray

    Question...please give me facts of how obama saved us from a great depression? His stimulus? No not that because only 20% went to actually creating jobs while the rest went to the special interest groups that helped get him elected. Obamacare? No because that is going to put us into a worse recession because this will directly hit the middle class. My premiums have already gone up 400% and I have survived cancer. 2 of the doctors that saved my life are retiring directly because of obamacare and said it is the worst thing for our country....but what do they know they are just doctors. Please I want just one article or actual fact that proves he saved us from a great depression? Do you not realize he has put us 6 trillion dollars more in dept by himself and he wants to talk about reducing the deficit? He has put us more in dept than all other presidents combined, and yes that includes Bush. People also seem to forget Mr. Clinton let anyone with 2 legs have credit even when they could not pay for things. That is the reason for the collapse in 2007 along with some bad decisions by Bush, but by no means is this ALL Bushes fault like everyone says. And you might seem to forget than in 2007 the house and senate were controlled by Democrats. So when ol Barry took office in 2008 he had complete control and still COULD NOT get anything done other than a law he had ram through. What makes anyone thing this man had any experience to be president in the first place? He has never even held a job in the private sector yet he knows everything about Economics? Get smart people and quit being blind sheep.
    Romney/Ryan 2012

    September 7, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. anoel2005

    62.8% of Americans believe we're headed in the wrong direction.

    Mr.Obama, lease leave now. We need all the help we can get A.S.A.P. (form Romney & Ryan). Thanks.

    September 7, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. bee


    September 7, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Ah...I See.


    "No president, not me, or any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage in just four years"-Bill Clinton .
    "I did it" – Ronald Reagan.
    How nice of u CNN not to fact check Clinton or Obama speeches. Reagan inherited much worse than Obama and turned things around in 3yrs!
    U you should CNN when Bill Clinton starts putting his finger up at the American people, he is lying to us again!

    Not true. First, the "recession" handed off by Carter was not nearly as horrible as what W handed Obama. Secondly, it was Reagan who began the trickle down economics that has failed every time it's been implemented, including during his own presidency. During the first 4 years he tried his tax cut nonsense and in the 2nd 4 years he had to re-raise taxes to offset the looming recession caused by the tax cuts from his first 4 years! Eisenhower had it right when the top rate was in the 90s and obviously Clinton took good advantage of the internet boom. W just did what he did with ALL the companies he ever owned (or was bought by his daddy), BANKRUPTED THEM! Just this time, he went into TWO wars AND did tax cuts. The tax cuts already showed to never give out the promised jobs over 30 years of data and it was especially NEVER done during the high-cost of wartime...until W came and doubled down.

    Folks COULD be jumping out of windows or burning themselves alive like in other recessions and depressions, but instead the stock market is double what it was and Obama has net +250,000 since his inauguration. Considering the massive gridlock in Congress, the man deserves 4 more years to get a Legislative branch that' know...legislate.

    September 7, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is true no one president can fix the mess we are in in 4 years. After al it took about 75 years to get in this mess .The Democrats had the congress for 40 years. So you would expect everything to be great. You can't in your wildest imagnation blame repiublicians for what is coming. They didn't have the votes to do anything. Obama has not signed a budget now in 4 years. The house has passed budgets. The Senate has not taken up the budget. Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. The Liberals keep selling you snake oil. And some of you are still buying it. Good luck.

    September 7, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Dave

    "It's about better policies, NOT more new promises"

    September 7, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Joan in MS

    anoel2005 said:

    "62.8% of Americans believe we're headed in the wrong direction."

    You're trying to make a good point for those two big liars, Romney & Ryan, but the fact is that 61.8% believe we are headed in the wrong direction because of a DO NOTHING CONGRESS, and the other 1% ... well, you know who they are.

    September 7, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. gmenfan54

    How can the US compete with factory workers in China who make $1.36 an hour?

    September 7, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Lisa in GA

    It kills me of how stupid some people actually are. The job market will never be the same, we are living in a different era when Clinton was President, and the technology boom has killed a lot of jobs that will never come back. The things that people know how to do before all the jobs left cannot get the jobs that are available because they have to be re-trained. If we don’t become the country of INNOVATION – which means create something new that will compete with other countries, unemployment will remain high regardless of who is in the Whitehouse.
    The jobs report mainly consists of low paying jobs because all Americans do is buy things they cannot afford and eat out. We have more restaurants than any country in the world and we wonder why Obesity is a factor. The sooner people wake up and stop thinking that the old way of life will be coming back, the better off they will be. We are living in a society that is based off Technology and Science. They more put our focus on this prospect, we will again become a nation that has plentiful jobs… if people like Mitt don’t ship them overseas…..

    September 7, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Joan in MS

    People dropped out of the workforce because kids went back to college in August. I know Republicans love "bad news", but the sky is NOT falling. GOP: Try being a little more patriotic and more pro-America!

    September 7, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. wanda

    Oh I think tha t96,000 jobs are good!! wow republicans hated to see President Obama have a great Dem Convention!! nothing but haters and it is all will not win the white house!!

    September 7, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia) wrote:

    ...The Democrats had the congress for 40 years. So you would expect everything to be great. You can't in your wildest imagnation blame repiublicians for what is coming......
    Isn't it convenient how he ignores the fact that Republicans had the Congress in the 12 years leading up to the Great Recession? Let's totally ignore the fact that Republicans had one of their own in the White House for the final 6 of those 12 years.

    Forget the fact that the mortgage crisis started showing signs in 2005, raised its' ugy head in 2006, and decided to take a big bite out of the economy beginning in 2007. Forget the facts, just blame the Democrats because they held the majorities in Congress in 2007.

    September 7, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I took time out from our convention to go to the American legion and speak to our veterans and speak about our commitment in Afghanistan and elsewhere," Romney said. "The president apparently didn't have time to go to the American legion as I did."

    Mitt Romney ... some advice. As the wife of a ten year Army veteran (1971-1981), your comments sicken me.

    September 7, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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