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."


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  1. Tim

    Wow the biggest growth in jobs came from restaurants and bars. Bet those recent college graduates are jumping for joy on finding waitressing jobs !!

    May 3, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "And they are definitely looking at the remainder of their full time staff and slicing to part time wherever possible."

    Again, they've been doing that for year and years anyway...and if they weren't, given the fact that loopholes in our laws encouraged it, then they were a stupid businessperson.

    May 3, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. ghostriter

    fair, your assessment doesn't include a few key facts. Most large employers already offer insurance. So the added expense at worst would just be slightly more. Of course, the fact that everyone is supposed to get insurance means more clients which in theory should balance that out and the insurance companies wouldn't have to raise prices or decrease services.

    Two, there are subsides for those who need it. Companies included.

    Three, companies don't have to offer insurance if it would cost more. Conservatives have often said companies shouldn't have to pay their employees so much and insurance is an added cost.

    May 3, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Don

    "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

    165,000 jobs created and the Republicans call it a LUCKY FEW who found jobs? It must really upset the Republican party to hear of positive job grow month after month.

    May 3, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. MTATL67

    After years of Republican obstructionism all they can do is continuously change their message of pessimism. The more they change that message of pessimism the more votes it is going to cost them in 2014 and 2016. This party is truly tittering on the brink of irrelevancy.

    May 3, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Ten thousand Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day. That's over 3.5 million a year. THOSE are the vast majroity of people who have "given up looking for a job and left the workforce".

    May 3, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Wake up People!

    The headline should read........

    President Obama breathing, still draws ire from the republicans.....

    May 3, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    ***************
    Unlike her, you offer nothing other than being a mindless schill. She expanded on what I said, not disputing it. There is a difference, delta-minus.

    May 3, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Tony Torres

    We must try to do something to make the GOP stop thinking about their hatred for Obama and do what is good for the US between now and the 14 elections. On the next election we HAVE to get these selfish GOP people out of office, for all our sakes. We must do it together.

    May 3, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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!"

    Indeed it will, Rick. Eight years of GOP policy making under GW. Another 4 years of GOP obstruction, plus the next 4 years of GOP obstruction and we will have had 16 years of economic non growth. No doubt this is what Mitch McConnell wanted when he stated his only interest was making Obama a one term President. No doubt also this is what China has been cheering on as well.

    Funny how Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell (in their zeal to make Mr. Obama a one termer) walked right into the arms of China's economic boost, isn't it? Equally funny how GOPers are still cheering China on to even more prosperity.

    All at the expense OF America.

    May 3, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    @ FLIndependent

    "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"
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    Clearly some of it is greed, but you have to understand that where the legislation is hitting the hardest is the small business owner... for them, it's not a matter of greed, but a matter of survival. Tell me something... if you were a small business owner with 40-something employees, would you hire anyone that would increase your staff to the point where the onerous aspects of ACA hits hardest? If you did, you wouldn't be in business very long.

    May 3, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    ghostriter

    fair, your assessment doesn't include a few key facts. Most large employers already offer insurance. So the added expense at worst would just be slightly more. Of course, the fact that everyone is supposed to get insurance means more clients which in theory should balance that out and the insurance companies wouldn't have to raise prices or decrease services.

    Two, there are subsides for those who need it. Companies included.

    Three, companies don't have to offer insurance if it would cost more. Conservatives have often said companies shouldn't have to pay their employees so much and insurance is an added cost.
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    ghost -

    Each additional covered life that an employer has adds approximately 12K after-tax cost annually to the expense side of the ledger.

    "Large companies" as you call them are not the main drivers of employment in this country – it's the small business owner. Those companies WILL NOT hire to the staff level that ACA applies. This has a HUGE stifling effect on job growth in this country. Someone mentioned that boomers are retiring to the tune of 10K per day... WHERE are those jobs that they held going? The small business owner isn't going to hire them, that's for certain.

    May 3, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Checker

    Man, if the republicans want to see ire, come see me vote in the next election. They are going to see first hand what pure hatred looks like. Never in the history of human kind has there been such a group of idiots, hell bent on either being in power, or ruining everything for all others to achieve power. They make me sick.

    May 3, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Get Real

    Let me know where some of the new jobs are, I have quite a few people that need one. Also are the decent paying with benefits?

    May 3, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. John from Brooklyn

    The cynicism of the Republicans is downright breathtaking. We have the them wailing about the plight of long-term unemployed people who have overextended their unemployment benefits. YET these are the same Republicans who vote AGAINST extention of benefits to those very same people. But they don't stop there. They also see fit to pass laws on the state level that require drug testing for welfare and childcare assistance....laws specifically designed to humiliate needy people and to imply that they are, in fact, likely to engage in criminal activity.

    May 3, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Vote out the "NO" voters and put in some new people.

    We can change them every 2 years, AND WE SHOULD, until we get a group that works for US.

    May 3, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Vote out the "NO" voters and put in some new people.

    We can change them every 2 years, AND WE SHOULD, until we get a group that works for US.

    Boehner is the worst House Leader in history - look it up.

    May 3, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. 2020

    Silly, increase in service sector meaning customers are back, stupid! Meaning other sectors are doing better, consumers acquire services, instead of packed lunch, or stay home lunch.

    To you the skeptics outthere, no matter what the administration does well or not well, you bark, bark and bark. One thing you never do is look into the mirror to see what you have done to contribute. shame on you!

    May 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    John from Brooklyn

    The cynicism of the Republicans is downright breathtaking. We have the them wailing about the plight of long-term unemployed people who have overextended their unemployment benefits. YET these are the same Republicans who vote AGAINST extention of benefits to those very same people. But they don't stop there. They also see fit to pass laws on the state level that require drug testing for welfare and childcare assistance....laws specifically designed to humiliate needy people and to imply that they are, in fact, likely to engage in criminal activity.
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    John... how long should unemployment insurance benefits continue, in your eyes? Until the unemployed becomes employed again? You know, that's a great idea and is very compassionate, but there's some problems with that. First, it's the EMPLOYER that pays into the unemployment insurance fund, and by asking them to increase it's funding, you're imposing a financial burden on them that will stifle furure hiring. Continuing unemployment insurance ad infinitum also deincentivizes the search for new employment.

    Now... the idea of drug testing for welfare / other public assistance... how do you feel about your tax dollars possibly (note I say POSSIBLY) going to someone receiving cash benefits and in turn using that cash assistance to further their substance abuse? I get the whole privacy issues involved... there's just no silver bullet.

    May 3, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I just had a recruiter ask me for 28 techs and I only had 5 to give him. There are jobs to be had if you have the right skill set. I run a non-profit computer repair facility serving students at Madison College. I have been here 3 semesters and have not seen any students NOT find jobs with the exception of those who were unable to master the material.

    May 3, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Alan

    Come November 4th 2014, this country will go shopping for a New Speaker of the House because either two things will happen A. The Tea baggers will grow into becoming the majority of Republican makeup and elect someone with guts who will follow the rules of his employment and bring issues up for voting or B. The Democrats will become the majority and elect someone with guts who will follow the rules of his/her employment and bring issues up for voting.

    There is a message here Boehner – your three year plan of obstructionism has 1 year, 6 months and 1 day left in office!!!!!!...count down to Freedom being recaptured!

    May 3, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. The Elephant In The Room

    All these comments regarding the ACA adding costs for small businesses is fraudulent. Large businesses have been exploiting their faux concern for small businesses for DECADES to get a sweeter deal.

    Look, businesses ONLY hire people when they need more people to meet the DEMAND. They DO NOT hire people because their taxes have been reduced. The whole "tax cuts for job creators" talking point doesn't pass the smell test. Businesses are not altruistic and will never carry any person that they don't need.

    Even if the ACA added costs, AND IT DOES NOT, businesses would STILL hire based on CUSTOMER DEMAND, not the cost of benefits.

    May 3, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. basedonfact

    I run a non-profit computer repair program for students. In the past 3 semesters I have not seen a single student NOT get a job. If you have the right skills the jobs are out there. If not then it is on you to aquire them. This semester Students volunteering for me left for jobs ranging from starting pay of 36K to one who landed a 74K starting wage job. Network specialists are in high demand as the cloud grows. Every company needs IT professionals to function. I am seeing students get fulltime job offers 2 semesters into a 5 semester program because of demand

    May 3, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Walter Adams

    Giving tax breaks to the job creators isn't creating jobs, just richer Republicans. But let's face it: if Obama found a cure for cancer, the GOP would complain that Obama wants to put oncologists out of work. Why won't Americans take these constant complainers off the government's payroll and elect legislators who really care about America?

    May 3, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    can't wait til the mid terms rolls around – maybe he will return to Cincinnati – either that, or he will be a "Lifer" in congress – LOL – by the time "the "F" word news channel figures out what happened – we will have a democratic congress – and they will be doing rove math – to find out what happened.

    May 3, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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