Improved jobs report still prompts GOP ire
May 3rd, 2013
10:08 AM ET
1 year ago

Improved jobs report still prompts GOP ire

(CNN) – A better-than-expected jobs report Friday was still cause for concern among Republicans, who said the wide swath of Americans still looking for work were being poorly served by President Barack Obama's policies.

"Today's jobs report brings some good news for a lucky few who found jobs–but not nearly enough hope for the millions of Americans who still need work," wrote Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement issued shortly after the jobs report's release. He singled out the Affordable Care Act, Obama's sweeping health care law, as a cause for further unemployment.

"Frustratingly, with the 'train wreck' of Obamacare implementation on the horizon, job creation is more likely to slow down than to speed up," Priebus wrote. "Already, it's increasing the cost of healthcare, which in turn means fewer jobs, fewer hours, and less take home pay for those struggling for work."

Friday's jobs report showed the U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs in April. That was more than economists expected and marked an improvement over March.

Another major storyline was the large revisions to earlier job growth numbers. Revisions to the February and March figures showed an additional 114,000 jobs were added over those months alone.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.5% in April, as 11.7 million people were counted as unemployed. That's still high compared to historical levels.

House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged there was "good news" in Friday's report, but stressed "the president's policies still aren't providing the robust economic growth and job creation the American people desperately need."

"To get things moving, we need to seize opportunities the president has been ignoring, and focus on growing our economy rather than growing more government," the Ohio Republican wrote. "That means expanding energy production and modernizing our laws to make life work for more American families."

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. Identical statements are released after every monthly jobs report. "It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand 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."


Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Reince Priebus
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yawn. Let me know when the GOP comes up with a plan to bring those Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! they promised in 2010 to the millions of Americans who DID lose their jobs ... those very folks the GOP is now using as talking point pawns.

    Experience has taught me that there is nothing more disgusting than losing a job and becoming nothing more than a GOP political pawn in the process.

    Yeah, I know... My husband and I are nothing but moochers and losers for having lived through it all. Even though neither of us ever took a penny in unemployment, welfare, food stamps, or whatever else the right can come up with to add injury to the insults they love to dish out.

    May 3, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Aaaaaw, little baby Johnny needs a diapey wipey changey wangey. Anyone have any guesses what the GOP/Teatroll House will propose next week to stop this outrageous disaster of positive news from happening next month too?

    May 3, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Obamacare is stopping employers to hire new employees and those who do hire, part-time (less that 30 hrs. a week). It is cost more to be insured under Obamacare, and there is a stoppage, due to lack of funds, to give those with pre existing conditions health care. We need changes in the healthcare system, but not at this cost.

    May 3, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. plain&simple

    What would you expect them to say??? I mean really!!! Imagine a functional congress....instead of one intent on ruining a president they hate and in the process a country they claim to love. The credible statements from these " leaders" are beyond existence!

    May 3, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Babyboomer

    So let me get this straight. Jobs number improves, not the President's doing so no credit given. Jobs number gets worse, all the President's fault. So basically the same old same old.... It's all Barack's fault. As if outsourcing just started in 2009. What a joke...

    May 3, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. plain&simple

    Hey the sun is out....it's just not as bright on Johnny's side of town!!! The rest of the country feels it.

    May 3, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Homer Simpson

    Well, when good news it met with harsh negativity, and zero offered for alternatiives, someone obviously wants you to have bad news. this is getting so tiresome, just shut up already, can we vote these fools out please

    May 3, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What, no mention of the DOW breaking 15000 and the S&P breaking all time record! I'm sure for anyone having a 401k this news couldn't be better. Why do the Repubs hate America?? Something seriously wrong with people whose cup is ALWAYS half empty!!

    May 3, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. MaryM

    The majority of Americans know that the GOP and republicans in congress intentions are to destroy progress at the expense of the American people.

    May 3, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Homer Simpson

    If this were a gop admin. we would be getting another "mission accomplished".but instead, the gop continues to wish harm on its working class for allowing a blackman to become president how do these clowns stay in office, by lying to anyone who will listen

    May 3, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. FLIndependent

    What, no mention of the Dow hitting a record 15000 and the S&P having an all time high too. I'm sure for anyone with a 401k this is great news especially for those who lost thousands when the stock market crashed in '08. Why do the Repubs hate America? Their cup is ALWAYS half empty – so sad!!! Maybe if they would pass that job's bill that the President's had out there for years the long-term unemployed could find work.

    May 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -jpmichigan

    Obamacare is stopping employers to hire new employees and those who do hire, part-time (less that 30 hrs. a week). It is cost more to be insured under Obamacare, and there is a stoppage, due to lack of funds, to give those with pre existing conditions health care. We need changes in the healthcare system, but not at this cost.
    *********************************
    Employers were getting around giving people healthcare by making them part-time LONG before the ACA was passed. Quit acting like this is a new development, and, if you don't have an alternative, don't just mouth " We need changes in the healthcare system, but not at this cost.": typical intellectually weak answer from people who listen to FOX for affirmation, not information.

    May 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Warren

    Despite the effort of the Republicans to try to make things look bad, month after month we get good news on Jobs. Not sure why they always have to be so hateful and pessimistic The True Republican Party....."A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view"

    May 3, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Blah Blah Blah Boehner. Jobs are being created in the face of Sequester. Congress, it is time for you to come up with a REASONABLE & FAIR BUDGET!!!

    May 3, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Thomas

    @jpmichigan
    Obamacare is stopping employers to hire new employees .
    =====

    Your statement is untrue and false . So is your idea the President was born in Kenya .

    Reince Priebus is wrong as Romney . And John Boehner is like second hand smoke .

    May 3, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Homer Simpson

    Wheres donna, to tell us these numbers will be adjusted, later, to show a much worse picture, clueless as usual, the numbers were adjusted to show an even more favorable earnings report, too bad donna, where are you honey?

    May 3, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    I wonder if Boehner thinks the jobs numbers will improve by only introducing bills that effect womn's rights and taking more congressional vacations. John is shooting blanks, and he knows it.

    May 3, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Homer Simpson

    Haters gonna hate. plain and simple

    May 3, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. ProudDem

    I'm all for a spirited debate, but at some point the GOP rooting so much against the economy just starts to seem unpatriotic. I know there are still alot of folks hurting out there. With any jobs report or statistic, if you want to you can find something that isn't good. No reasonable person can look at the totality of the economy though and say that it isn't getting better. No reasonable person either could argue that our elected officials should encourage the country, not discourage it. I would just love to see ONE GOP elected official come out and say "Hey America, things are looking up". He doesnt have to give the President the credit, doesn't have to mention party at all...he just has to put country before the need to win the next election.

    May 3, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    The right wingnuts think improved job numbers is just another way of taking away their guns.

    May 3, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Homer Simpson

    And the frustration continuesfor the gop. try as they may, more good news, nowonder they hate this guy so bad, he makes progress despite theie concerted efforts to bring our economy crashing down. thank you mr. president for keeping us alive best pres ever!

    May 3, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. GrizzlyBear

    Hey Comrade Obama supporters (Losers). There are still 21.9 million under/unemployed and 835,000 that have quit looking.

    16.1 % of our youth are unemployed

    14.1% of African Americans are unemployed

    0, I repeat, 0 manafacturing jobs were created in April.

    Wake up Comrade Obama supporters and smell the Roses.

    May 3, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. g

    shipping jobs started with Reagan –shipping jobs and replacing them with food stamps -not working out as planned

    May 3, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Warren

    "ProudDem" You hit the nail on the head.....

    May 3, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Homer – Amen to that! No president in history has had to deal with an opposing party hell bent on destroying America.

    May 3, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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