Slowcovery continues, feeding partisan fire on jobs
February 1st, 2013
10:24 AM ET
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Slowcovery continues, feeding partisan fire on jobs

Washington (CNN) - Republicans are using the January unemployment report to criticize President Barack Obama's performance on creating jobs.

"Today's unemployment report shows America still desperately needs jobs. Unfortunately, President Obama has made it clear that job creation is not a top priority for his second term. Just yesterday, he officially dismissed his Jobs Council, and in his Inaugural Address last week he all but completely ignored job creation," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The RNC chairman's statement was released soon after the latest indicator that the jobs recovery continues to very slowly move forward, as the Labor Department announced that 157,000 workers were hired in January. That's less than the 196,000 jobs added in December. The unemployment rate was 7.9% in January, as 12.3 million people were counted as unemployed.

The Labor Department also released revisions to its 2012 data, showing the economy added 335,000 more jobs during the year than originally reported.

The comments from the RNC chairman were echoed by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the House Republican Conference chair.

"Far too many Americans are still out of work, and unfortunately, the Democrat majority in Washington continues to ignore the real solutions that would create more jobs," said McMorris, in a statement.

There was a different message coming out of the White House.

"While more work remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we pursue the policies needed to build an economy that works for the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007," said Alan B. Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement.

And Krueger seemed to return fire to the Republicans, saying "today's report is a reminder of the importance of the need for Congress to act to avoid self-inflicted wounds to the economy."

The economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans, with job creating continuing to be the top economic concern.

CNN Money's Annalyn Kurtz contributed to this report


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    " Republicans are using the January unemployment report to criticize President "

    Yet they have blocked all of his agenda since they got the 41st seat in the Senate, after Sen. Kennedy died.

    They have filibustered job bills in the Senate, and blocked them from vote in the House.

    How can the repubs blame the President when they won't let his agenda work? And the repubs offer nothing but reducing government jobs and cutting taxes.

    February 1, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Humm,
    I see the Anvel Chorus it at it again telling the experts how to increase jobs. If The Liberals had extended the Bush Tax Cuts for all either permentily or for at least ten years the jobs picture probably would be better
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    Uh, duh. We've had them for a decade and what good has come from it. They created everything that Bush promised, "economic growth and prosperity". He didn't make any promises about jobs. Roughly $6 trillion of our debt can be directly attributed to the Bush Tax Cuts, while another $3 trillion can be attributed to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

    February 1, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    To Ancient Texan

    "rs- There is a stack of jobs bills passed by the House"

    The republicans in the House called any and every bill they passed a Jobs Bill. And some people actually believed them.

    February 1, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Kweso

    If I were a Republican as I am a Democrat,
    If I heard that 157,000 jobs were created in January,
    I would jump for joy and thank the President,
    Instead of trying to start a fire that will destroy me.

    February 1, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Dirtyheat

    It's pretty clear that the "jobs council" was put in place only so Obama could say he created one to boost his campaign. He made it clear in his inaugural address that he would rather take on issues like gay marriage and climate control, than issues that actually effect the majority of Americans every day.

    This guy is a complete joke. I can't wait to hear his explanation on the new per family cost of Obamacare that the IRS unveiled this week.

    February 1, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. GuestAgain

    Failed obama policy is evident domestically and internationally...what a surprise!

    February 1, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. OvertaxedBK

    Republicans.... Democrats..... bicker, bicker, bicker....

    Our political system is broke and this country is on the fast-track to being 2nd or (gasp) a third-rate nation.

    People with money are funneling it out of this country and for good reason.

    I just bought land in Costa Rica... the exodus has begun.....

    February 1, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Bowman

    Over 170,000 people left the workforce in January. This is the Obama economy. If he had any success and actually pursued creating jobs people mighty actually think he is doing his job.

    February 1, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Steve

    Oh....Priebus retained his seat...that should tell you how serious the GOP is about "Remaking the Grand Old Party"
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    I think before they are able "remake the Grand Old Party", GOPers would actually have to come up with a better idea then continually apologizing for the incompetency of their corporate CEOs. I am always amazed at how these same voters who are being run over daily by their own employers are so hell bent on speaking in favor of and defending the very ones they are being publicly humiliated by.

    February 1, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. sassysticks53

    Republicans.... Democrats..... bicker, bicker, bicker....

    Our political system is broke and this country is on the fast-track to being 2nd or (gasp) a third-rate nation.

    People with money are funneling it out of this country and for good reason.

    I just bought land in Costa Rica... the exodus has begun.....

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    LOL! Good riddance!

    February 1, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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