Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers
April 5th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
5 years ago

Paltry jobs report has Republicans pointing fingers

(CNN) – A monthly jobs report showing sluggish hiring in March gave Republicans an opening Friday to chastise President Barack Obama's economic policies.

"The president's policies continue to make it harder for Americans to find work," House Speaker John Boehner wrote in a statement released a half hour after the Labor Department report was released. "Hundreds of thousands fled the workforce last month and unemployment remains far above what the Obama administration promised when it enacted its 'stimulus' spending plan."

Friday's report showed 88,000 jobs were added in March, far lower than the 190,000 jobs that economists expected. The unemployment rate fell to 7.6%, though the drop was pegged to 500,000 Americans leaving the workforce.

During last year's election, Obama's record on jobs creation formed the core of rival Mitt Romney's attacks, even as hiring began picking up and the unemployment rate dropped. Republicans have continued attacking Obama's jobs record after the election as the White House and Congressional Republicans grapple over a deficit reduction plan.

Next week Obama will unveil his annual budget, which is expected to make changes to Medicare and Social Security in an effort to reach a deficit deal with Republicans.

In his statement Friday, Boehner said that "one of the best things President Obama can do is follow the House and outline a balanced budget next week – one that includes entitlement reforms that are not conditional on enactment of more tax increases, which will suppress growth instead of encourage it."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cast the March jobs report as a consequence of Obama's focus on upcoming midterm elections.

"What exactly was the president doing in the last month to create jobs as the economy sputtered along?" Priebus asked. "Why did he flit off to San Francisco this week to fundraise on Billionaire's Row instead of sending a budget to Congress? Why is adding money to Nancy Pelosi's campaign coffers more important than adding jobs to the economy?"

Obama's fundraising swing through California began Wednesday evening and continued Thursday with events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee.

Priebus also placed blame on Congressional Democrats, whose policies he said were hurting American hiring.

"Why don't liberals admit their big government programs are straining Americans' budgets? Why are they sticking young people with higher insurance costs through Obamacare? Why won't they work with Republicans to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid?" he said.

"Are the president and his fellow Democrats out-of-touch–or just not serious about doing their jobs?" he concluded.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two House Republican, wrote it was time for Obama and Democrats in Congress to "stop making excuses and start working together on common sense solutions to address our lingering unemployment problem, and the stagnant economy."

Public polling shows Americans split on who to trust with the economy, Obama or Congressional Republicans. An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted March 7-10 showed 44% trusted Obama more on the economy and 40% trusted members of the GOP in Congress.

Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement that "more work remains to be done" to spur hiring.

Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression," Krueger wrote. Similar statements are released after every monthly jobs report. "It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping to build an economy that creates jobs and 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."

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  1. judith

    Pointing fingers? They should point the finger squarely on themselves because they insist on austerity and claim that debt is our biggest problem, when anyone with an I.Q. over room temperature realizes we need a jobs program and they have continuously blocked any such effort. Shame and Boehner and his worthless party.

    April 5, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    500,000 stopped looking. Did YOU see THAT?
    No, it said, "... the drop was pegged to 500,000 Americans leaving the workforce." People "leaving" the workforce includes retirees, too. I'd estimate that 10,000 people retire per week.

    April 5, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Jeff--Tacoma Wa

    I get why the GOP would say no to every proposal Obama makes, just on the grounds that he made it; I get that they would try to blame the lack of progress on him after they've denied everything. I just don't get why as many people as do believe their crap.

    April 5, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. James Bond

    Cal, the answer is not in the house, they are still trying to push the same agenda that got us here. when little timmy gets sick from mercury poisoning, the cure is not more mercury

    April 5, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Papa

    I'll have to agree with Judith. The GOP has done "nothing" to provide jobs for this country but are first to point fingers when the job reports come out. Pitiful.

    April 5, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Evergreen

    I'm pointing my finger at congress.

    April 5, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. rs

    California Conservative


    California Conservative

    Jobs Jobs Jobs was Obama's thing. Quit trying to change history yet again libs.
    Ummmm, actually, I think you'll find that was Mr. Boehners tune in 2010. Surprise! We're still waiting while the radical right further dilutes women's rights with stupid reproductive laws.
    Maybe The White House can start paying women the same pay as their male counterparts. Just an idea.
    Given the Neanderthal views on women your party displays, you are waaaaaay out on a limb with that. Whats that your holding, a saw?

    April 5, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Ken in MD

    Is he talking about the stimulus bill that was watered down for the GOP (who then failed to support it anyway)? Or the economic plans that the GOP has blocked every step of the way? Congress has been entirely ineffective for the past 8 years, and wants to point their fingers in every direction but their own. Time to face up to it, Congress.

    April 5, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. rs

    Wow! The delusion is strong from the Right this morning? They must need their meds or something.

    April 5, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Step out of the Bubble

    Maybe The White House can start paying women the same pay as their male counterparts. Just an idea.

    What makes you think that they don't? Would that be from the 2011 White Huuse staff report? Tell us is Jesse Lee a man or a woman? How about Shawn Maher? This is what you get when you get your "facts" from The Washington Free Beacon, the Daily Caller and Fox News. The fact is, the report does not contain enough information to come to any conclusion regarding pay levels. It does not specify whether the name listed is male or female, there is no information on tenure. If you were to look at the same report for 2006, you would see them same things.The salaries for all of those positions are established by the Office of Personnell Managment, not the President. Try doing a little research. Just an idea.

    April 5, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. MaryM

    Or maybe it is Boehner and his party of "NO" that is holding this economy back. Can you say sequester Boehner

    April 5, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Winning

    A month after the sequester pulled billions out of the economy, and we see an economic slowdown. But it's Obama's fault. God I am sick of conservatives.

    April 5, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. rs

    Remember Republicans- as the economy sinks, so do your chances at ever winning national elections. You guys would be funny if it weren't so danged un-American.

    April 5, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "I'd estimate that 10,000 people retire per week."

    And you'd be wrong.

    10,00 BABY BOOMERS RETIRE EVERY DAY. EVERY. DAY. And it will be that way for the next 19 or so years according to the numbers/studies.

    That's 310,000 of the 500,000 right there.

    April 5, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Yanni

    Republican are waiting on the side line for bad economic news. We are straggling to survive they are scoring point on us. What a misfortune?

    April 5, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Ben

    Geeze, Boehner, why don't you do something about jobs instead of blocking everything Obama wants to do. You wanted the fiscal cliff? You got it and the lost jobs that come with it. What's your plan, Boehner? Bueller? Bueller?

    You point fingers with every jobs report, yet you do ablosutely nothing.

    April 5, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    California Conservative

    Harry Reid is the biggest obstructionist in congress.

    what a joke....Boehner and the GOP'ers know that the budgets submitted by the House would be DOA since they contain the same old tired attempts by Tan Man and the rest to cut taxes (especially for the rich), deregulate everything, and cut programs that have a not-even minute effect (ie PP, NEA) on a budget. Their knuckle-dragging base is too simple to understand that but cry "cut cut" anyway

    April 5, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    500,000 stopped looking. Did YOU see THAT?
    No, it said, "... the drop was pegged to 500,000 Americans leaving the workforce." People "leaving" the workforce includes retirees, too. I'd estimate that 10,000 people retire per week
    All righty then... using your numbers, 40,000 retired, so only 460,000 stopped looking. There... I feel sooooooooo much better.

    April 5, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Ray

    It's not the President's policies, it is the corporate greed that has sold out the American worker. Anyone working in a major corporation today in the US can clearly see what is happening in the tech job sector. Manufacturing jobs? They are gone thanks to the Walmart-ization of the US. The very people that buy the cheap junk from China put themselves out of a job. Greed is NOT good – at least for the vanishing middle class.

    April 5, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There would be less people looking for jobs if there were more infrastructure jobs that were a part of the stimulus projects that Obama had planned and asked for earlier. There is also the need for funding for advance tech training at community and county colleges in states that match what employers needs. That would also reduce the people out of work. This shouldn't be a problem but because it involves spending, the teapublicans won't think about it.

    April 5, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Marcia

    It is too sad that the Republicans jump up and down in glee over a poor job report and point at the President when everyone knows that is exactly what they have been trying to create just to get at the President-the Republicans promised jobs in 2010 and we are still waiting for a Republican sponsored jobs bill. They do not care about jobs at all-when elected they only care about vaginal probes, and denying people their right to vote, and more welfare for the rich and lowering pollution stadards for their Koch friends

    April 5, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Ben

    THe unemployment rate is what it is. The question is... What are you going to do about it? Come on, Boehner. You blocked the infrastructure bill which is sorely needed to fix road and bridges and would employ tens of thousands. YOu bloced funding for alternative energy which would employ thousands and get us away from oil, but you blocked that because you are paid-off by big oil. Now you complain. Have you no shame?

    April 5, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. chill

    Hope they are pointing those fingers at themselves. They are the ones who have refused to adopt any of the President's jobs programs and are taking $85B out of the economy with the sequester. Of course fewer people are hiring when so many businesses are imapcted by the sequester and in March, no one had a clue how it was going to impact their particular business. Once again, Congress kills any economic momentum.

    April 5, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. strangerq

    "one of the best things President Obama can do is follow the House and outline a balanced budget next week

    ^ The cuts that GOP advocates will destroy more jobs and drive the unemployment rate back up above 10%.

    Every lying hypocritical GOP phony knows this.

    They *WANT* high unemployment.

    They will simply blame the President for it, and it's their ticket back to political power.

    April 5, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. bs1

    The economic smoke and mirrors games that have been played with "quantitative easing" are begining to fail, revealing the true state of the economy. The seasonal jobs that were hyped late last year to try to convince people there was improvment in the economy are now ending as well. The reports always state only the total number of jobs "gained" to try to distract from the fact that those new jobs pay a fraction of what the jobs that were lost did. When you loose a $50k job and replace it with a $25k job, that is not an improving economy, yet that is exactly what has been happening.
    This is not the fault of the republicans in any way, it is a direct result of the failed economic policies of the democrats, who have the same economic policies that are causing the collapse in pretty much all of Europe currently. Those liberal social policies may look good to the poor initially and buy their votes, but their long term effect is nothing short of economic destruction.

    April 5, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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