GOP on jobs report: 'unemployment remains painfully high'
December 7th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP on jobs report: 'unemployment remains painfully high'

(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.


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  1. ATL Guy

    In his statement, Priebus said Americans "cannot afford President Obama's agenda of more stifling regulation, tax increases and reckless spending"

    Maybe somebody needs to tell that fool that the President was just re-elected.

    December 7, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. rs

    And just what has the GOP done to help unemployment in the last 4 years?

    Hold the economy hostage to their "wealthy welfare".
    Denigrate any action of the President for the past four years.
    Spin any good news as negatively as possible.
    Try to tear down any aspect of government that supports the poor or middle classes.
    Pursue anti-labor laws to ensure hourly workers get paid less and lose benefits.

    For goodness sake, stop complaining and do something constructive for the majority of Americans!

    December 7, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. simp

    Really priebus? you losers are still hating because you LOST!!!!! you are out there trying to bash the President to make yourself look good since you want to be re elected rnc, well give it your best shot, President Obama GOT THIS!! and you losers need to try and revive that drowing party of the GOP LOL!!!!!

    December 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Yonni

    Mr. Priebus it is because of the republican stubborn stance to hold America job as a hostage to break the Obama administration back bone. America resilience is shown in the face of Republican created and promoted adversity we still are growing. History will not be kind to you and your party.

    December 7, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Common Sense

    Haven't the GOP figured out yet? It's ok to say somethimg positive about the job numbers every once and a while rather all of the negative spins....remember you guys lost both presidential elections!! WAKE UP ALREADY

    December 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. jamarsu

    When are people going to realize, the republicans did this and Obama is slowly making it better. Shut up Republicans. Enough is enough. Nuff said.

    December 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. v_mag

    Leave it to the Sour Grapes Party to paint good news black. The country is trying to crawl out of the sewer, and the GOP is sitting on the manhole cover.

    December 7, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. MeapersoninUS

    RIGHT GOP, and what on earth have any of you done to help American's in the past say 3+ years? NOT A DARN THING BUT CAUSE PROBLEMS AND ROAD BLOCKS. Please and given all that the GOP has not done look at where things are no thanks to their (repuks) games and racists behavior.

    December 7, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Bill

    These GOP'ers still can not accept the fact about who won the election and that the economy is improving. Can you imagine their reaction to this news if a Republican was in the Whote House. A party lacking direction, comportment and ideas. Nothing but angry losers. And I hope they do pick Rinse again – under his watch the Democrats won at every level; The House, The Senate and the White House.

    December 7, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -"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.
    ****************************
    What policies is he talking about? The vague descriptions continue.

    December 7, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. What election were you watching

    Priebus, what a clown this guy is!

    December 7, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Emerson

    "Our number one priority must be getting struggling Americans back to work," Priebus continued.

    Then why is your number one prioity honoring a pledge to a lobbyist and keeping taxes artificially low for the rich and corporations? The GOP's unsubstantiated claim that lower taxes results the creation of jobs is a complete fabrication (unless of course you count jobs created in the third world) and despite its promises and election rhetoric, it has done nothing to create jobs. Mr. Priebus and his cronies just refuse to understand the simple truth that the American people do not like what the GOP is selling or how they sell it.

    December 7, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. ST

    After the election, the color GOP see in everything is darkblue/black. Nothing seems to shine to the eyes. Why not accept the realities and stop pretending. By the way, what is the color of water? I expect to get the answer: blue/black!

    December 7, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republicans support commonsense policies to get our fiscal house in order so our economy can rebound."

    By doing what exactly? Bringing back those same commonsense same policies that got us in the ditch to begin with? What a toad Priebus has become croaking the same ideological nonsense day after day. Guess that's what makes him such a, well ... such a special candidate for a second term as RNC Chairman.

    December 7, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Mark Acay

    Mr. Priebus, the economy is gaining some grounds. We are not there yet, we will eventually. You can no longer bash Pres Obama re: his birth, the 47% you said are dependent on the govt, gifts given to the people who voted for the Pres. Rubio nor Jindal can not win in 2016. Sarah has a better chance having enough foreign policy experience by looking at Russia from her window. I remember the exchange you had with Chris before the election when you were confronted about your bigotry.You LOST the election. Please stop criticizing the Pres, work with him, 47% & the 53% do not like gridlock. Get to work, 2014 and 2016 are still light years away

    December 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Tony

    Many Republicans are now unemployed because a Romney Administration did not happen. Say, Republicans, if you hate the government so much, why do you want to get into it?

    December 7, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    In his statement, Priebus said Americans "cannot afford President Obama's agenda of more stifling regulation, tax increases and reckless spending,"
    ----------------
    The Republican Party remains incredibly slow when it comes to accurately describing reality. Poll after poll, year after year, has consistently shown that 2/3 of Americans still blame the GOP for the high unemployment and the slow economy.

    Republican politicians and right wing pundits are still analyzing and ratiionlizing the reason for their poor 2012 election performance on not getting their message out far enough. Bobby Jindal called it correctly, just after the election. "We don't need better P.R. people. We need a better message."

    Republicans seem to have this belief that their ideology is instrinsically correct, and that once one hears it they suddenly become a convert. Similar things are said about addictive drugs, which most people reject. Only the weak fall into that trap.

    December 7, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Vinn

    At what point does the Obama administration take ownership of the ecomony? Keep blaming the poor jobs result numbers on the "worst recession" since the great depression. At some point Obama owns it......

    December 7, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. PaulCat

    Republicans, get real. Everytime you open your mouth something stupid comes out.

    December 7, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Orchid333

    The GOP #1 priority by their own words in the last four years was to get Obama out of the White House... maybe if they'd put their focus on the people they were elected to serve, our unemployment would be even lower. As for now, the obstructionists get no support from me.

    December 7, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F

    It is better than what Bush left us in 2008, but it does not satisfy the right wingnuts who created the near depression. The GOP is a do nothing, know nothing party, that has bet against the US for 30 years.

    December 7, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    The real issue, is that jobs are still very scarce, most of the jobs that have been created, have been low paid, and America, as a country, is dropping in wealth, like a ROCK!

    I fully expect, that we will become a de facto socialist dictatorship, by March, as Obama seizes Congressional powers.

    December 7, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Data Driven

    Well, of course. To the GOPhers better-than-expected job numbers equals bad news.

    Meanwhile, let's be frank, shall we? 7.7% is high, not "painfully" high. Not anymore. I doubt we'll ever see unemployment under 6% again. Technology and free trade agreements have done their jobs superbly.

    December 7, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Memo to Right wingnuts, "The improving jobs out look and the improvement in the economy have been accomplished without a single republican vote." Prince Reebus will soon be unemployed, and that will be a good sign for our economy.

    December 7, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. rs

    The GOP, with all due respect to Mr. Priebus, needs to come to grips with this singular element-

    As long as the majority of workingclass Americans believes that the GOP's sole purpose is to create an environment that continues to enrich the wealthy at the expense of everyone else, they will lose elections.

    This isn't anything you can "fix" with better messaging. Lyingabout policies and economic goals (and everything else) backfired on Mr. Romney badly.

    Thus- you guys may need to make a critical decision: Are you for just the rich, or are you for us all?

    If the former, you may as well start packing your tent, if the latter, perhaps doing something, anything posotive for the middle class might be a great first step.

    December 7, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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