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."

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

    Dems can't even come up with a budget that has had a single vote for it, democrats included.

    April 5, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. renaldorae

    I dont know what the republicans are whining about they have done boo to lift a finger to do anything to move this economy around. they talk tax cuts until those cuts effect them directly. Boehner has no control of his caucus and cant even pass legislation that his party writes. then complains about job numbers that his party had a direct affect on due to the economic polices repbulicans promote. (ie wars in iraq and afganistan and trickle down economic to name a couple) Americans need to wake up to the smell of the coffee and vote Boenher and the like out of office in 2014 and try to turn this economic quagmire around.

    April 5, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Facepalm28

    Funny how all these finger-pointers were nowhere to be found during month after month of solid hiring prior to today. Naturally, though, the one month the report doesn't look so good, they all come out of their holes and pretend it proves Obama's policies aren't working, when all of the last 5-6 jobs reports show otherwise.

    April 5, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Quixote

    Pointing them at mirrors? Their sequester is already slowing the economy and they are saying what?

    It is their austerity plans that will actually make us into greece, or cyprus, or ireland.....

    April 5, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. JoePub

    Trickle down economics may or may not work, but what we have going on right now isn't working either.

    April 5, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. nintex

    Not a positive thing to say about President Obama's recent trip to Israel – the silence was deafening. Yet let a few jobs numbers slip and they're all over it like a rooster on a junebug. Do they really think the American people are so dumb that we can't see through all this baloney? Well, I guess the ones that watch fox news really ARE that dumb, or they wouldn't be watching fox news instead of getting some real facts (is that redundant?) on real news programs.

    April 5, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Craig in Ohio

    So the Republicans force Austerity Measures via the Sequester and then blame Obama when hiring slows down? Really?

    April 5, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. CM

    Republicans had a chance to embrace infrastructure spending (roads and rail don't build themselves!) and they passed on it. if you're going to point fingers, it's at yourselves. The president brought a plan and the Republicans scoffed.

    April 5, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Homer10

    Can we all say Republicon budget cuts. Yup they have screwed things up again. Give back the Obama tax cuts, but don't take it out of Social Security, reduce the Middle class to make up for it. All those laid off federal workers wiped out a lot of job creation. It's the Republicon's fault again.

    April 6, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  10. terrie

    Everyone at the white house needs to get there pay checks reduced,instead of taking everything away from the poor!!! they just give their selfs a raise while pulling the plug on cancer patients,and any program for the poor,there will be more crime.

    April 6, 2013 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  11. Jeff

    No one can say that Obamas policies have helped the employment picture after today's dismal numbers. 88k jobs created and 600k+ gave up looking for work. My god, how much longer can this continue? It's like dying a slow death.

    April 6, 2013 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  12. Grumpy2012

    I love it. The liberals STILL don't get it.
    "Trickle down economics doesn't work". Good one.
    Jobs created under Reagan "voodoo" economics: 16 million (It's ok, look it up in Wikipedia)
    Jobs created under Obama: 1 million (And most of those were jobs added back due to the Financial Crisis of 2008)

    April 6, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. me

    "Focused like a laser" Yea right, you idiots are so stupid for giving this man another term.

    April 6, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. Mike

    Of course the GOP is pointing fingers. It's what they do best.

    April 6, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. texasnotea

    The GOP is really something! They work the system to allow the sequester to takeover then when jobs are lost because of the sequester they point the finger at the President. What a bunch of losers!

    April 6, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Curious Fellow

    You all seem to be worried about the Rep party. Big deal, no one in the Obama camp is suggesting how to improve our economy and our job market. It will always be easier to blame and bully to hide your own inefficiency. The gullible US population reacts and we continue to go down hill.
    Please, people of America, start thinking about our country above everything else. Stop the insulting comments and talk about our UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    April 6, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Greg

    Did he actually PROMISE unemployment would come down? Or did he highlight th eend goal of his plan? I never once heard him promise anything as with most politicians I haven't heard them make the PROMISES they are charged with. In this case it doesn't matter what their party is. Why is it we like so much to magnify the issues by distorting proportion of hwat they say vs. their plans, intentions or hopes? Why can't we just be honest? Why are we all addicted to doing this?
    If a politicians lay's out his plans and initiatives and actually states the numerical goals associated with them, the public construes them as a promise? Why? When they state their ideology, explain their plan and expound on how or why they believe their plan would result in specific numerical conclusions, Why is THAT a promise? That would NEVER be the case amongst us all in our personal lives, would it?

    April 6, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. abnguy

    It is unbelievable that after several years we still do not have a budget.There is an epic failure in leadership from the White House not to pass the budgets the House has put forth.

    April 6, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. pat jones

    Sorry liberals, but the job reports have never been "good", although you want to take credit for every measly sign that the economy isnt crashing again...Stock market is up must be Obama...wait stock market is way down so we will keep our mouths shut and hoep no one notices.

    There has not been steady progression, just a few months that post mild improvement. It is time to get real and admit that all the money we dumped into clean energy companies that are now going bankrupt was a bad move. The money could have gone to Social Security so the eldery don't have to see cuts. Our government is making risky investments with our money and that is not what we pay them to do.

    April 6, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. yogi

    Jobs! jobs! jobs! I can still hear the echo of Boehner's promise in 2010, and as it turned out it was just a promise. All they wanted is to remove Obama from the White House. The Republicans are completely clueless when it comes to govern, they have no vision, no solutions, no creativity, and to top it all off, no tolerance and compassion. It is greed first people second, and we can see where that has brought us. Vote them all out of office at every turn!

    April 6, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Grandoffive

    The President's comment does not take away from the Attorney General's accomplishments. I think he should not have made the comment but I do think we are a bit too sensitive.

    April 6, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. BeverlyNC

    At least President Obama is CREATING jobs and making them a priority. Republicans have done NOTHING for job creation, job training, or any economic recovery. Their only action has been to obstruct, spread lies, pass NO legislation and the Republicans in the Senate have filibustered 387 bills for jobs, economic recovery and everything else President Obama has tried to do for the PEOPLE.
    Republicans have sat and done nothing for 6 years but whine, complain, make up excuses, blame everyone but themselves, become more extreme and rigid, and put out more hate and lies than I have ever seen before.
    If we want work to finally get done, we need leaders willing to do it and remember it is the People who come first – not their Party. Vote out all Republicans in 2014 and let's get to work bringing America back to its abilities and worker productivity.

    April 6, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Spam Eater

    But, he used to be a relatively good community organizer! Who could have seen any of this mess coming?

    April 6, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Mabar2000

    Congressmen such as Bohner, Ryan and Paul names will be remembered by the sequester that resulted in cuts to cancer patients from their chemo therapy. Hopefully none of them, their Familybor relatives will have to face cancer when they reach over 65,

    April 6, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. John the Historian

    The decade of greed the Reagan years did not create jobs. It only made Wall Street richer. The biggest job creation under Reagan was private security guards for 6 dollars an hour. Reagan did nothing about health care. His solution was just don't get sick. Never did see a Manhattan project for Aids, had to wait till Clinton for that. The multi-corporations and the multi-nationals like Willard and Cheney(war profits in Iarq through Halliburton) have done nothing for the American people. The USA is still paying off the 2 trillion dollard debt from Iraq. Where are those weapons of mass destruction ???? Where was the link to Sept 11th ????? Republicans refuse to close tax loopholes and raise taxes on only the top 2 percent who can afford easily like Cheney and Willard. Close military bases in Kuwait, Guantanamo, close a few Nato bases, get rid of weapons programs, I mean how many nuclear weapons will stop terrorism. Where the budget surplus Clinton created through a consumer economy ? The Republican House voted for sequester and now they have it. Republicans thanks for nothing.

    April 6, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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