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."


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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Obamacare is stopping employers to hire new employees and those who do hire, part-time (less that 30 hrs. a week). It "

    Haha...that's been going on for ages. Walmart is a great example of it. Here in MA, it was even reported that they handed out their paycheck envelopes to employees and included instructions for them on how to get themselves into the MassHealth system so the taxpayers of MA could subsidize Walmart's profits...all because Walmart views employees as slave labor and wants nothing to do with providing them with a living wage and benefits...and so, in yet another way, the Waltons increased their $80B bank accounts on the backs of the middle-class taxpayers.

    May 3, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    The sky is blue.........GOP response "that's bad"

    May 3, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. plain&simple

    Don't see a lot of the haters out today! Must be watching their money grow in the markets!!!

    May 3, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Ayatollah Grizzly – you would think that the GOP was smart enough to come up with a single plan to create jobs, but no, that is above their pay grade.

    May 3, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Sniffit

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

    That's because Reagan and the GOP impulsively assumed in the 80's that the entire US economy could switch from manufacturing as its cornerstone to financial services and Wall Street gambling games. Part of the theory was that a proliferation of consumer debt products would allow employers to (a) pay employees less and give less raises because all the employee would need is a salary sufficient to service his consumer debt products and (b) supplement their business income with investments in the very consumer debt products that their employees would be dependent on because of their stagnant salaries, etc.

    May 3, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. lottie

    the job market would improve more if the republicans did not block everything the president tries to do. What a bunch of lame excuses from the party of NO. If Mitt had been elected theses same numbers would be touted by the repos as a big improvement. The republican party is more of a problem to the economy than a solution.

    May 3, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. America Above Parties

    Another depressing days for the Pary of hatemonger, if we cant have it we will burn it all... this ws not even reported on FauxNews, instead on of their headline is 29% of Americans want revolution against the Govt..

    May 3, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Yanni

    I can say with confident that this is not a good day for the GOP

    May 3, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Anonymous

    @Real Tom Paine – "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."
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    Thank you!! I was listening to a Repub on Morning Joe today repeating this false premise that Obamacare is costing jobs and is the reason there are hiring part-timers You are ABSOLUTELY right that this trend was going on LONG before the ACA. Wish these Faux watchers would wake up to reality!!!

    May 3, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Data Driven

    Why all the hate for Speaker Boehner? This mixologist makes a perfectly dry martini. Credit where it's due, people.

    May 3, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. jinx9to88

    Yep, more crap out of the GOP mouths and yet no help. Didnt they run on jobs in 2010 midterm? In 2014 the american people will not fall for the BS lie again.

    May 3, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

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

    Boy, there is no joy in Mudville today.

    May 3, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Obama could kiss his daughters Good Night & the Repubs. would still find fault.

    May 3, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. jinx9to88

    If all the GOP can do is complain and not help with job creation, then they should just get out of the way.

    May 3, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Dave Harris

    Any good news for the country is bad news for Republicans. They can always pray to their god for some sort of catastrophe that they can blame on Obama. The more dead, the better.

    May 3, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. patNY

    And did anybody expect anything different from the Republicans? I mean, Obama can be shooting gold out his rear and the Republicans would still complain why he isn't peeing platinum!

    May 3, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. California Gary

    I understand the sun came up this morning.........I'm waiting for the GOP to tell us why that is a bad thing......I suppose it could have come up a little sooner? It could have gone higher faster? Maybe it could have burned a little brighter? I'm sure they can come up with a reason it is bad.......

    May 3, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    "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"
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    True only to a certain point. Before the so-called ACA, employers chose whether or not to offer health insurance even to their full-time employees. Since the legislation mandates it now, 2 things are occurring. For the key employees those companies must keep as full time, they're eating the fine which is financially more palatable than the expense of coverage. And they are definitely looking at the remainder of their full time staff and slicing to part time wherever possible. As unpleasant at that is, it's factual and one of the direct "unforseen consequences" of the legislation.

    May 3, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    "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"
    --
    True only to a certain point. Before the so-called ACA, employers chose whether or not to offer health insurance even to their full-time employees. Since the legislation mandates it now, 2 things are occurring. For the key employees those companies must keep as full time, they're eating the fine which is financially more palatable than the expense of coverage. And they are definitely looking at the remainder of their full time staff and slicing to part time wherever possible. As unpleasant at that is, it's factual and one of the direct "unforseen consequences" of the legislation.
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    Spot on Fair. As usual the fly specks on the left are being creative with the facts.

    May 3, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. FLIndepedent

    @Fair is Fair – "True only to a certain point. Before the so-called ACA, employers chose whether or not to offer health insurance even to their full-time employees. Since the legislation mandates it now, 2 things are occurring. For the key employees those companies must keep as full time, they're eating the fine which is financially more palatable than the expense of coverage. And they are definitely looking at the remainder of their full time staff and slicing to part time wherever possible. As unpleasant at that is, it's factual and one of the direct "unforseen consequences" of the legislation.
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    Whatever businesses are doing this it is based on pure greed – bottom line! Unfortunately, greed will never be something that can be legislated away. Shame on them!

    May 3, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Laverne

    Pat Toomey summed it up accurately, "The GOP do not want to be seen helping the Obama" what a shame, their moto is "The hell with the American People, we hate Obama more"!

    May 3, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. ghostriter

    Grizzly, do you know what the unemployment rate for blacks with a degree? I ask because since Obama supports college programs and republicans don't, I would suggest you stop exploiting the fact that black unemployment has always been hirer than others for your misguided aims.

    Overall unemployment for those with a degree was 4% last time I looked.

    May 3, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Patrick in Wisconsin

    The unemployment rate could drop to 0% and the republicans would still find an excuse to pout and whine.

    May 3, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Warren

    And the Dow hits 15,000 !!!!

    May 3, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. 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.

    Nor does it factor in the quality of jobs created, compared to the quality of jobs lost..........and that factor is going to haunt America for YEARS!

    May 3, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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