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


Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Reince Priebus
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    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
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    Wow... sounds like they're going to have to do something to rein in Medicare and Social Security pronto...

    April 5, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Bullpuppy

    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.
    ------------------------------------–

    You and me both. It's like the people are all running around claiming the sky is red, simply because they cannot think for themselves and they look to their 'leaders' to do their thinking for them. And dag nabbit, their leaders assure them the sky is red!

    I mean, who would want to actually use the personal computer that invented the personal computer? Everyone has one of their own, but that's just too darned much work! And especially coming from the party that claims to believe in 'hard work'. (At least that's what Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and the like are all trying to convince me of)

    April 5, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. El Flaco

    It sounds to me like the Sequester is having its impact on the economy, just like we all knew it would.

    April 5, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. California Conservative

    Al-NY,NY

    California Conservative

    Harry Reid is the biggest obstructionist in congress.
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    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
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    Well that explains why the nearly super majority demcorats for two years did nothing about jobs.

    April 5, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Reuben R. Lampe

    The sequester is starting to take affect. This is hat the Republicans said they wanted and now they are passing the blame on the president. When are we the people going to say enough lies and vote these politician's out of office.

    April 5, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "All righty then... using your numbers, 40,000 retired, so only 460,000 stopped looking. There... I feel sooooooooo much better."

    Right. Pay no attention to my correction above of Rudy's guess and don't bother taking 5 seconds type it on teh Googlez. Just go with the convenient, yet entirely incorrect, argument instead.

    April 5, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Robin Jones

    Lowest labor participation rate since Jimmy (Mr. Malaise) Carter's economic debacle causes the official unemployment number to go down, so the White House pretends it's cause to celebrate. " the U.S. economy is continuing to recover"? Yeah, right, Mr. White House flack.

    April 5, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Well,
    It has been stated a few times but do the Liberal's listen? Noo, they just think they are going to squeeze more money out of Big Business. Once again, with feeling? Extend all the Bush Tax Cuts for at least 10 years, Repeal Omama Care and the Economy will start to recover !! Keep doing what you are doing and keep more business Offshore. Savvy ??

    April 5, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. carrotroot

    The Republicans are squarely to blame for this huge drop in numbers. The President warned them about the impact that these cuts would have to the economy, but as usual the Republicans ignored his warning and downplayed the severity of the cuts. And March's Jobs report is the result.

    April 5, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Jake in Montana

    The Republicans can't get anything done for the average American.

    April 5, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Jeb

    The GOP forced the sequester cuts which are taking a bite out of the recovery.

    On top of that, they continue to block any and all efforts of the President to improve the situation.

    It's time for Republicans to strive for something more than being the party of NO.

    April 5, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. California Conservative

    $6 Trillion added to the debt since Obama took office and counting.

    THANKS OBAMA

    April 5, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. marywnm

    the "sequester" should be bigger-the first thing to have gone should have been the senate run "free barber shop"–and all the rest of the "free perks" to the white house and both houses of congress-

    April 5, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Robin Jones

    "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."

    Yep, maybe so. However, U.S. population grows by about 200,000 per month. A large percentage of that number should be joining the workforce every month. Where are their jobs? Even with Sniffit's make-it-look-good math, the numbers are frightful.

    April 5, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Overnout

    Do things our way, or business get's pushed offshore. Savvy. Spoken like a true patriot.

    April 5, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "Wow... sounds like they're going to have to do something to rein in Medicare and Social Security pronto..."

    The ACA is a great start.

    April 5, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Ricky Vee

    Funny watching all the liberals try to blame the GOP. EARTH TO LIBERALS – the affects of sequestration HAVENT BEEN FELT YET!! But nice try trying to use that as a finger pointing tool. Funny how you all forget the sequestration was SIGNED OFF ON BY OBAMA!!Q

    April 5, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Jeff - PA

    Ho wnice to narrow your focus to one five-week period. If we widen the lens to a quarter-to-quarter perspective, and allow for the 61,000 jobs created correction in Jan & Feb, we actually created 38,000 more jobs in Q1 2013 than we did in Q2 2012. This represents an increase of more than 6%. So are the policies working? Let's think about it before we simply pounce on the latest headline and follow that up with the mandatory jumping to conclusions.

    April 5, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Larry L

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Well,
    It has been stated a few times but do the Liberal's listen? Noo, they just think they are going to squeeze more money out of Big Business. Once again, with feeling? Extend all the Bush Tax Cuts for at least 10 years, Repeal Omama Care and the Economy will start to recover !! Keep doing what you are doing and keep more business Offshore. Savvy ??
    ========================================
    These things were already done when the economy tanked. The rich sat on their money and the "job creators" sent their manufacturing offshore. They had the Bush tax cuts and Obamacare wasn't even in place. Healthcare costs were rising at 7-9% per year and Obamacare/Romneycare was a good start but was watered-down with the political process. Do the math. Can you double your healthcare costs every 10 years? Republicans offered absolutely nothing but nonsense about "free market" healthcare. B.S.! The Bush gift to pharmaceutical firms is a great example of Republican "help" in the healthcare arena. Back up your claims with actual data or go back to watching Fox News.

    April 5, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Jeff - PA

    Correction – I meant Q4 2012, not Q2 2012.

    April 5, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    California Conservative

    Well that explains why the nearly super majority demcorats for two years did nothing about jobs.
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    oh, so NOW it's a "nearly super majority" Earlier by your ilk it was "super majority" even though 2 democratic senators were not even in place. As for doing nothing about jobs....."focus like a laser on jobs" was the 2010 GOP mantra and they have done NOTHING NOTHING but as I noted above, try to peddle the same garbage as they always do

    April 5, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Boomer in Mo

    Democrats and Republicans and independents and Libertarians, but especially Tea Partiers, should have all American fingers pointed at them. Members of Congress get paid to work, and work together, and have not done so for years. They should all be fired by the voters.

    April 5, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Rick in OP

    Employers, especially small businesses, are beginning to see the requirements of Obamcare. Many companies are hesitant to hire new people and exceed the 49 employee threshold. Additionally, workers hours are likely to be cut in order to not exceed the 29 hour per week requirement. The truly scary part is the regulations for Obamacare are still being written. These is a strong possibility that Obamacare will end up hurting the people it was intended to help.

    April 5, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. w l jones

    March wind,rain and snow who out looking for a job?

    April 5, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    carrotroot

    "The Republicans are squarely to blame for this huge drop in numbers. The President warned them about the impact that these cuts would have to the economy, but as usual the Republicans ignored his warning and downplayed the severity of the cuts. And March's Jobs report is the result."

    Indeed they are. Indeed they were. Indeed it is.

    Thus the finger pointing. Beyond that, they've got nothing to offer. And haven't for decades now. I suspect they've been too busy taking orders from Coporate ... leaders ... to worry about we the little people. Corporate greed first thing in the morning is always a big turn off. Corporate greed for two decades now? Well, we're seeing, nay... we're living ... the results.

    So yeah, GOPers. We got the message. Loud and clear.

    April 5, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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