Hiring picks up, unemployment falls
March 8th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
5 years ago

Hiring picks up, unemployment falls

New York (CNNMoney) - U.S. employers ramped up their hiring in February, helping to lower the unemployment rate slightly.

The U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. That's much stronger growth than in January, when employers hired a revised 119,000 workers.


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  1. Ancient Texan

    Great, This is a step in the right direction, now if we can just get over-spending under control and start reducing our debt.

    March 8, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. beaverdambob

    Wow, great news for us and bad news for all the rwnj. just think of where we would be in the republicans had not stood in the way of progress and blocked everything obama tried to do to right this ship, just sayin.

    March 8, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. ST

    Good news and very encouraging. Pres. Obama deserves a big credit. With all the obstructions still he continues to work hard. Just imagine if he could had another supporting hand (from the opposition side), things could be flourishing by now.

    March 8, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Just a thought

    Oh Now....Now what are complainers and naysayers like "Ancient Tex" gonna say now? ...Oh I know.....Obama is cookin' the books. Boy, it takes all kinds.

    March 8, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Republican who supports President Obama

    @ST – you are 100% correct. The right-wingers have tried all they can to stop progress for the sake of their own agenda. They can only cover up so much. Very happy to see this indicator that things are getting better.

    I wonder what things would look like if everyone came together to work on fixing issues in good faith and forgo obstructionism.

    Keep up the great work every who is willing to help move this country forward.

    March 8, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    So much for the lyin gop propaganda and scare tactics. The only thing holding back the economic is the gop , how can any sane American vote for the gop and the teaparty extremest like the peewee Herman look a like Cruz and the anchor baby Rubio , the gop is a non starter for 2014 and 2016!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Paul - Silicon Valley

    Why are there not more comments to this piece of positive news? Oh, I think it's because the job numbers are not negative (like -100,000)? Then every wing nut would over these calling the Obama administration all kinds of names!

    March 8, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Pete

    Come on republicans twist this fact out of proportion or yah got your tongue caught in some others rear !!Unemployement down for over 40 months and believe me that snake oil salesman Boehner the speaker who can't speak straight and can't face a camera will advocate more strengent SocialSecurity,Medicare and Medicaid cuts because he believes like Ryan the Ayn Rand diciple that's where the evil starts and should be exorcised by a republican witch doctor right!!Take those social programs that are eccentials to our democracy off the table or believe me no one will be left after midterms and don't say we didn't warn yah because we sure as hell have!!And remember posters republican or democrate these aren't entitlements either because we the people exclusively pay for them right out of our pockets every working day and don't you forget it ,its called the "lock box" first opened by Reagan,Allan Greenspan in the 80's to steal from us to balance his budget ,read about it and be proud republicans ,you voted that idiot in didn't yah!!

    March 8, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. Bill

    I expect that drunk Boehner will be out there pounding hos lectren demanding to know where the jobs are. Or they will claim this is anemic growth. The GOP is a joke.

    March 8, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Jinx9to88

    Cant wait to here the haters!!

    March 8, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Getoverit

    0.2%! Spike the ball! These numbers are for February, before the Great Barack Obama Sequester of 2013. Can't wait to see the March numbers. I'm sure those 150 million jobs lost will put a damper on the liberals little party.

    March 8, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Betsy

    Oh course the situation is better. THE ELECTION IS OVER. All that was going on was that a lot of employers were holding off hiring because THEY ARE REPUBLICANS. They wanted Obama to fail. Thank heaven he won and now maybe our country can recoop. If only the Republicans would cooperate with our president we could do much better.

    March 8, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. Tom

    Hey Republicans, employment is breaking out. Hurry, shut down the government. Force a default. Do SOMETHING to destroy the economy. Economic growth in unacceptable in obstructionist America.

    March 8, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Donna

    After over 4 years we are still close to 8% unemployment, and that rate is low because so many have dropped out of the labor force because they cannot find a job. Millions fewer people are now working in America with the lowest labor participation rate in decades. It is pathetic people get on this board and pretend the country is recovering and Obama is doing a great job. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just ask all the college graduates that can't find jobs.

    I have learned not to get excited one way or the other about the current monthly figures because they are almost always revised down in the following months, when people aren't paying attention to them anymore. You need to look at the long term and the trends. The truth is we are stalled at a high unemployment rate, just like a lot of European socialist countries. This is no coincidence.

    March 8, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Only little girls like Tea Parties

    The orange Weeper of the House and Sen. Minority "Leader" Yertle the Turtle should be in front of all the cameras today joining in on this bit of good news.... or will they be off reminding everyone that they got 98% of what they wanted for the sequester or even better: self-filibustering.
    Great job by the POTUS in spite of GOTP obstruction.

    March 8, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Pete

    @Getoverit,yah better get over your delushional thinking because even when the S&P took our countries rating down a notch thanks to your incompetent republicans obstructing in both houses still unemployement went down so where now is your thinking now ole ignorent,illiterate one..Come back when you can being something here more factual than your FOX garbage,remember you idiots even believed Rove about Romney didn't yah,what a laugh thinking you republicans know anything intelligent right!!And remember I read yesterday in a posting from one of your ignorent ones that the DOW since Pres.Obamas inaugeration has been falling,the only thing falling on these sites are the republican posters IQs and that's fact folks!!

    March 8, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Great job Mr. President with no help whatsoever from the Drunkard of the House or his peanut gallery.

    March 8, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Anonymous

    If you want to blame congress when things are bad, you also have to blame THEM when things are good. If the president isnt responsible when the unemployment rises or when anything bad happens that libs blame on obstructionist rebuplicans then he isnt responsible for these good numbers and if you think he is let me here the bill that he proposed and got bipartisan support over it and is now implemented to make this drop in unemployment his doing. This could just be the way the economy works even if we had a monkey in the office it would probably still do what its doing. With all the gridlock in washington neither dems nor repubs should be given credit for anything good happening because they in fact arent doing anything but blaming the other side when something bad happens and asking for praise when something small happens like a 2 percent drop in unemployment. Be interesting to see what happens after sequestration.

    March 8, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. just sayin

    8% unemployment is the usa is the new obama unemployment norm. get used to it, embrace it. it isn't going down anytime soon and is far more likely to go up.

    March 8, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. plain&simple

    More bloggers hoping for bad news on the economy....WHY? It's almost UN American!

    March 8, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Nice to see some encouraging news for once

    March 8, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Tea Party member

    The numbers would be better if had elected Romney for president. Obama and party are the only problem is country has. Face the facts Obama has a failed presidency because he put into bankruptcy.

    Now we need to dismantle Social Security and Medicare the real cause of our national debt.

    March 8, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Wake up People!

    This is great news but like so many of you have already stated, just think how far we could be if the GOP and their wealthy friends had not blocked everything the POTUS tried to do for 4 years.

    Now I'm simply waiting for the RWNJ's to chime in with their usual BS. How anyone that isn't extremely wealthy can support these traitors is completely beyond my comprehension.

    March 8, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Tea Party member:

    Great sarcasm...
    Thanks for the laugh of the day !!

    March 8, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Wake up People- If the GOP had not reined in a lot of Obama's spending we would now owe $20 trillion...giveaways to his unions and special interests.

    March 8, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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