Improved jobs report still prompts GOP ire
May 3rd, 2013
10:08 AM ET
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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. PaulC

    The republicans wouldn't have a kind word for Pres. Obama if he invented a cure for cancer.

    May 3, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Mitzymoon

    Ummm, we better cut taxes on the rich! Think of all the yacht builders who could hire people!

    May 3, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. dr. vinny boombotts

    I'm not a big fan of our current president....actually haven't really been a big fan of any of them...but he could resurrect the dead and the GOP would find something critical. It's the nature of the 2 party political system.

    May 3, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    I find it laughable that the very people who caused the job losses in the first place are now blaming Obama's policies for not creating more jobs. First off, The GOP is bought and sold by and to Big Business. The ones that are laying off workers left and right, after receiving tax breaks for years to stimulate them to create more jobs. Which of course they did, but in any third world country that has no protections for workers who make penny's an hour. I live in Wisconsin where Scott Walker gave Koch brothers and any and all big business millions while laying off Teachers, Police, Fire and state workers and breaking collective bargaining rights. We have one of the highest unnemployment rates in the country. In Paul Ryans home town of Janesville in Wisconsin, which used to be a prosperous place to live, now has been crushed when two major corporations moved their operations to foreign countries leaving thousands unemployed and not able to find decent paying jobs. This is Your GOP.

    May 3, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. The Other Bob

    Rick McDaniel

    The jobs report does nothing to account for all of the people whose unemployment benefits are exhausted, and who have given up looking altogether.
    This is a tired,old argument. The way of measuring unemployment has been the same for decades. Therefore, the numbers are comparable from year to year.

    May 3, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Rembrant

    It seems everything Republicans have said over the past few years is a bunch of malarkie. Republicans have contributed NOTHING, ZERO, ZIP, NADA to the rebound and growth of America, yet the continue to pea and moan about the progress the Obama administration makes... just because they cant stand the idea of a man of color is in control. The GOP is on their way out... it is time to build new parties (more than two) in America and our quality of life improve.

    May 3, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. LeeAT

    Does this really shock anyone? Obama is in a no win situation, that's why I don't understand why anyone would want to be President of the USA, and especially an African American. If the news is bad, it's Obama's fault, if it's good he had nothing to do with it. This country is so divided and dumbed down. If Romney had won, the liberals would be acting the same way that the Republicans are now, and he would be just as vilified as Obama is. This country is not going to change until we get some leaders in Washington instead of politicians.

    May 3, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. tullymd

    Yes John. They root for America's demise. As for me my friend IRA was smiling.

    May 3, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. willhaas

    Good news but the Obama administration predicted that if the stimulus were passed that unemployment should be now well below 6%. The stimuous was passed and the money has been spent. Where are the jobs that we have paid for Mr. President?

    May 3, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Sama Mondeh

    The Republicans have not ceased to amaze me. They have become pessimists that they are blind to every piece of good news out of the Obama Administration. The voters will send another message to them in November if they continue on this insane path, retaining their reputation as the Party of No..

    May 3, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. ari

    these people WANT our economy to fail. traitors.

    May 3, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. headlessthompsongunner

    To concerned members of the Grand Old Old Party: Please do not fret. There will be no Mexicans in GOOP heaven (and assault weapons for all). Please move along the the next world as quickly as possible. Your paradise awaits.

    May 3, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. RKN

    While the republicans have complained for over 4 years that Obama has destroyed the economy and caused high unemployment they spend their time opposing gay marriage, abortion, equal rights, the ACA, and global warming. They have supported guns rights. They compaigned in 2010 promising more jobs... But, they have done nothing to encourage new jobs.
    Well, except for accountants and tax lawyer for the wealthy.

    Republicans are the true welfare cheats. They are so convinced of their value to society they think they should be given anything they want.

    May 3, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Malcolm in St Louis

    Cheer up Mr Speaker things might still get worse.....

    May 3, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Sharon Nordberg

    Let's all run for congress then we will have jobs that we don't have to be good at and an unbelievable retirement package.

    May 3, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Ferathka

    These Republicans are so distasteful. They are so busy trying to make Obama look bad that they seem to forget that if they actually did something things may be even better then they are. Hypocrites.

    May 3, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Gary Jaussaud

    I think if President Obama told the World that Jesus Christ has risen, th GOP would go on Fox News and tell everyone it really is not the real Christ, its just someone the Dems. dreamed up to make news. Where and when will all this stuff end?
    I hope soon as it looks bad all over the World, our government looks like spoiled school children on the play ground of Washington.

    May 3, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. rconatser1

    President Obama could have us crapping gold, and these fools would still complain. It's taking a Herculean effort to restore what they nearly destroyed, and they fight him every second of every day. 401 filibusters from McConnell!!! They couldn't lead, they won't follow, so just shut the hell up and get out of the way.

    May 3, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. DaveinIL

    The typical liberal spin based on the statistics they like. Once again the underlying numbers show that more people are either unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work.

    May 3, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. RKN

    If Obama walked on water the republicans would complain that he couldn't swim.

    May 3, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Hey Comrade Obama supporters (Losers). There are still 21.9 million under/unemployed and 835,000 that have quit looking.
    Dow, S&P finish at record highs
    Investors cheered a report on U.S. jobs to close a strong week, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average briefly above 15,000 for the first time.

    GrizzlyBear , you can't save your ass and your face at the same time !

    May 3, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. j_lebowski

    Well seeing as how all these false jobs numbers have been debunked alonge with the false immigration numbers, false voting numbers, false gun control numbers, etc, etc, etc.

    Only an id10t would take obama administration at face value.

    May 3, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Nodack

    If Obama cured Lung Cancer, Brain Cancer, Colon Cancer and Breast Cancer the FOX Headline would read "Obama fails to cure Pancreatic Cancer".

    If Obama announced that he was in favor of breathing air, thousands of Republicans would end up dead or in the hospital after trying to stop breathing out of spite.

    If you asked Republicans what they think Obama should do about a problem and gave them a choice between A or B and they chose A and Obama decided to do that exact thing, Republicans would attack him for making the wrong choice and instantly switch their choice to B instead just to be opposite as Obama.

    May 3, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Marcus Takatoa

    "as 11.7 million people were counted as unemployed. That's still high compared to historical levels"

    That says it all.

    May 3, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Walter

    Oh please, spare me your liberal b.s. CNN. If Republicans had the White House, the libs would have their panties in a bunch squawking about these numbers. But, they have to make Obo The Clown appear like he knows what he's doing so they (and their pals in the media) will spin and spin and spin some more.

    May 3, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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