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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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F

    The GOP party of failure could not even deliver on their number one priority (their only priority) even though it hurt our country, "Make Obama a one term president."

    December 7, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. rs

    Rick McDaniel-
    Aren't you more worried about the Mayan calendar or a Martian invasion?

    December 7, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Rick – How much does Fox foreign owned media pay you to post conspiracy theories and lies? If it is what you are worth, it cannot even be minimum wage. I was surprised you did not write 'dictator' in your post.

    December 7, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Q

    Republicans are slowly becoming a party without a country.

    December 7, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. FactCheck

    Why Reince, didn't your fellow GOP-Tea Party run in 2010 on the platform of creating new jobs. Can you list one (!) bill that your TP controlled House passed that would have created jobs??

    December 7, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. eg48

    Speaking of one term, The party of eact denial should show reince the door

    December 7, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. DaveC

    Every time a republican of national status opens his or her mouth another independent decides to vote democrat. Its as simple as that. The last election should have been a wake up call to these clowns. Listen to idiots like Ayotte who are soon to be voted out of office. Gone like yesterday's news.

    News flash for the republican party. You want a former rabid republican like me back again? Stop the sounding like the democratic party in the 1970s (crazy and out of touch with Americans) and get back to basics. Stop pandering to the lunatic fringe of your party (in fact, kick them out or render them impotent). And one more thing. Please get rid of idiots like Reince Priebus. He caused you to lose an election in 2012. You don't reward losers.

    December 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. sassysticks53

    Hey GOP how's that one-term president thingy working out for ya?

    December 7, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. rs

    Vinn-

    maybe about the same time the GOP accepts "ownership" of the causes of those recessions (or for G.W. Bush- at all). Look, time passage doesn't erase facts. The facts are the GOP's horrible "cut taxes and increase spending" caused the problems we have now. Letting them lord over the recovery discussion, holding the economy hostage for tax cuts for the rich, or in anyway trying to dictate terms is, IMHO a mistake- they clearly don't know what they are doing when it comes to the economy.Everything they demand is bad for the American worker and good only for the rich.

    December 7, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. FactCheck

    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...
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    Sigh... why do you folks have such a problem with basic logic? Let's try this again: Bush started two unfunded wars, gave out tax cuts left and right and increased the scope of Medicare. He also initiated nonsensical Government agencies (Homeland Security, TSA, etc.). All of these things bankrupted the country and continue to be a burden. It doesn't matter who took over, whether it was Obama or McCain or Reagan or Ferris Bueler. Nothing changes the fact that the country was destroyed by Bush.

    December 7, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Laverne

    Doom and Loom is all the republicans have to offer. Don't know why the group who claim to be so patriotic hate America so much!

    December 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. jinx88

    What is funny is that even in a crappy economy Obama is still producing more jobs than Bush ever did. Fact!!

    December 7, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. 1twinsfan

    The GOP is just terrible at math. This rate is lower - lower. They also thought Romney was winning in the polls. Note to GOP - don't conduct your polls just of your own staff.

    December 7, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is extremly Nieve to think all Business Owner's are Republicians and all Workers are Democrats. The Democrats had the Congress and decision making. Today you see the results. Many are not out of the woods by a long shot. President Bush didn't destroy anything. He was handed a losing hand by the actions of past decisions, mostly, make that all decisions that the Republician's were powerless to prevent. Again you see the results. Down the road a bit you may raise your head and say, I thought things were going to get better. That's what the Auto Unions thought after bullying the Auto Companies for excessive wages. The whole thing collapsed. That is what is going to happen to the country if Obama continues his reckless ways. You voted, you asked for it, now are you sure your happy with the results. I doubt it but time will tell.

    December 7, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. California Gary

    Even in the face of clear evidence that Obama's policies are working, and after a clear rebuff of their agenda in the recent election, there are still some GOP members out there trying to put a negative slant on positive news. Unfreaking-believable. Why? Why do they continue to dig their political grave deeper and deeper?

    December 7, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "It is extremly Nieve to think all Business Owner's are Republicians and all Workers are Democrats. The Democrats had the Congress and decision making. Today you see the results. Many are not out of the woods by a long shot. President Bush didn't destroy anything. He was handed a losing hand by the actions of past decisions, mostly, make that all decisions that the Republician's were powerless to prevent. Again you see the results. Down the road a bit you may raise your head and say, I thought things were going to get better. That's what the Auto Unions thought after bullying the Auto Companies for excessive wages. The whole thing collapsed. That is what is going to happen to the country if Obama continues his reckless ways. You voted, you asked for it, now are you sure your happy with the results. I doubt it but time will tell."

    See this? See it? This is what happens when your first children's book as a toddler was "Everybody Pouts."

    December 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Facts don't Lie

    you ever notice that Republicans NEVER have anything good to say about the economy..but when it's a negative jobs report they pounce all over it? There will not be a Republican in the White House for at least the next four years and maybe longer than that so these bitter crybaby right wingers living in their alternate FoxNews universe had just better start to come out and support moving this nation forward with jobs and an improving economy. They are the first ones that want to call somebody unpatriotic or unAmerican when they feel you go against their so-called values, but have no problem not supporting a Democrat in office.

    December 7, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Why do they continue to dig their political grave deeper and deeper?"

    I'm guessing a hatred of self psychosis followed by an extremely unhealthy dose of hatred of everyone and everything.

    December 7, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. Lipstick on That Pig

    The unemployment rate falling is terrible news for the "American Taliban."

    December 7, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Sandy

    The black guy (Steele) makes huge gains in the House in 2010 and gets fired. The white guy (Priebus) loses the White House, the senate and seats in the house and gets his job back.

    December 7, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. quinLee

    Sniffit, I give you credit, at least you’ve remained consistent as others like fourandthedoor have either changed their name or returned to their home planet.

    December 7, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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