(CNN) – Friday's jobs report, which showed unemployment falling to its lowest point since 2008, was still indication that President Barack Obama's economic policies were failing, according to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.
"While a downtick in the unemployment rate is welcome news, too many families are still falling behind and unemployment remains painfully high," Priebus said in a statement sent an hour after the jobs report was released. During the presidential race, Republican reaction to negative jobs reports was almost instantaneous.
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"Our number one priority must be getting struggling Americans back to work," Priebus continued.
Friday's release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics also showed 146,000 jobs were added in November, exceeding economists' expectations for the month. While Republicans are no longer challenging Obama for the White House, they are lobbying hard to advance their position during negotiations over the fiscal cliff.
In his statement, Priebus said Americans "cannot afford President Obama's agenda of more stifling regulation, tax increases and reckless spending," all facets of the GOP's position in the back-and-forth over cutting the nation's debt and reducing spending by the federal government.
"Republicans support commonsense policies to get our fiscal house in order so our economy can rebound. Government policies must be focused on unleashing economic growth–not on restricting it. These policies will foster job growth and improve the way of life for every American," Priebus said.
In a statement sent from the White House, Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, also conceded "more work remains to be done" on the nation's employment situation, but that the report was an indication the economy is "continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression."
"It is critical that we continue the policies that are building an economy that works for the middle class as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007," Krueger wrote.