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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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    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.

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    Florida started drug testing welfare applicants last year. Turns out the tests cost a lot more to administer than the state saved by kicking drug users off the rolls because welfare recipients aren't using drugs at the rates those on the right believe they are.

    May 3, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. jboh

    If Obama cured cancer the TEA/GOP would complain about lost cancer research jobs, and lost profits for their big pharma puppet-masters. Long past time to flush the TEA potty.

    May 3, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Dave

    Americans saying they worked part time when they really wanted full time jobs rose by 278,000 in April – Per CNN report today

    May 3, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Deb in MT

    Of course the GOPTP is irate: here they are doing everything they can think of to destroy this nation's economy and well-being, and we still are seeing improvement! Treasonous bastards don't like to see their nefarious plans derailed!

    May 3, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Brian from CO

    If Romney had won the election back in November the Republicans would be celebrating this report as a victory.

    May 3, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Name

    Lol r.i.p gop seriously.

    May 3, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. mfvjr

    Nothing will appease the "power grabber".

    May 3, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    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.

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    Florida started drug testing welfare applicants last year. Turns out the tests cost a lot more to administer than the state saved by kicking drug users off the rolls because welfare recipients aren't using drugs at the rates those on the right believe they are.
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    So what needs to be done, then, is for it to be prohibited to use EBT cards in liquor stores and ATMs. You on board with that? In Florida, maybe they are – I certainly don't know.. But up here in The People's Republic of Massachusetts, such uses are rampant.

    May 3, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Dave

    IMPROVED jobs report still prompts GOP ire
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    Party over country. No good news is good news!

    May 3, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. ron

    As usual no matter how good the numbers are republidummies find fault with them. Perhaps if they had spent more time serving their constituents rather than sucking up for money from the lobbiests a few years ago this mess never would have happened in the first place. But once privilege and entitlement sets in pretty hard to get rid of it, ooops that was supposed to be the poor people doing that not the rich,whining republicans wasn't it.

    May 3, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. vincent

    Yes the Economy was soooo much better when the Conservatives were in complete control of the Country. The party of do Nothing is upset. I am so suprised. Whaa, maybe they should go home to their Mommies.

    May 3, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Nonsensical

    Where are the JOBS, JOBS, JOBS that Republicans promised in 2010? All they do is carp about the economy, but do nothing to help the president in this regard. They failed to beat Obama in 2008 and again in 2012 and yet the Republicans continue the same policy of obstruction hoping that people will turn against the president. Guess what he's not running again and everyday Americans are suffering!

    May 3, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. 0RacKL

    Interesting that NO Republicans want to talk about the 'train wreck' (Priebus' words) that the old health care system was before Obama had the guts to actually do something about it. It was actually far worse than a 'train wreck' - it was a disgraceful train wreck, but I didn't see any Republicans trying to fix it.

    May 3, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Dave

    Americans saying they worked part time when they really wanted full time jobs rose by 278,000 in April – Per CNN report today

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    My son in law is one of them. He lost his job in November (boss was ticked that Obama won) and was unemployed until March. My brother in law lost his job six years ago and recently found a part time job. Both of them would perfer to work full time, but both say part time is a start, and their part time jobs are better than no jobs at all.

    May 3, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Peoples State of Illinois

    @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.
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    Many on the right feel exactly the same way toward the folks on the left. A shame that neither extreme feels they can meet in the middle.

    May 3, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    So what needs to be done, then, is for it to be prohibited to use EBT cards in liquor stores and ATMs. You on board with that? In Florida, maybe they are – I certainly don't know.. But up here in The People's Republic of Massachusetts, such uses are rampant.

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    And you're certain of this because....? You hang around liquor stores and ATM looking for those abusing their cards? Where do you find the time to do that and still live your own life? Are you a stalker?!

    May 3, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Peoples State of Illinois

    @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.
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    Many on the right feel exactly the same way toward the folks on the left. A shame that neither extreme feels they can meet in the middle.

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    However, the right has moved far to the right over the last 3 decades while those on the left have remained slightly left of where the "center" used to be. The left doesn't need to do anything but the right really needs to start moving back towards the center.

    May 3, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. John from Brooklyn

    Fair is fair...

    1) I have absolutely no clue how long unemployment benefits should last. My point was that Republicans can't simulataneously use the long-term unemployed as a reason to denounce the jobs numbers, while simultanously claiming that the unemployed don't need extended help because it would make them dependent on the government.
    2) I'm all for drug testing for anyone who receives government assistance..as long as the testing has little to do with actual fraud and more to do with vilifying poor people. So...if we're gonna be fair here...farmers, bankers, military contractors...line up...we have a cup for ya!

    May 3, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Peoples State of Illinois

    @Brian from CO

    If Romney had won the election back in November the Republicans would be celebrating this report as a victory.
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    If Romney had won the numbers would probably be a lot hiigher.

    May 3, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Wilson

    @John from Brooklyn

    Fair is fair...

    1) I have absolutely no clue how long unemployment benefits should last. My point was that Republicans can't simulataneously use the long-term unemployed as a reason to denounce the jobs numbers, while simultanously claiming that the unemployed don't need extended help because it would make them dependent on the government.
    2) I'm all for drug testing for anyone who receives government assistance..as long as the testing has little to do with actual fraud and more to do with vilifying poor people. So...if we're gonna be fair here...farmers, bankers, military contractors...line up...we have a cup for ya!
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    Military contractors already have to pass drug tests as a condition of employment.

    May 3, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Mary Ann

    Rick Scott, the governor here in florida wanted to drug test people on unemployment >He wanted to stop paying benefits to people he believed didn't deserve them.It would cost the taxpayers a ton of money for the testing.Oh,did I mention the testing would be done by a company he owns,when the media found this out,he put his wife as president of the company.I guess he figured the citizens of florida were too stupid to find that out.Scott,should have never been elected,he belongs in prison not the governors mansion.Scott and his buddy Marco Rubio were elected because they are tea party darlings,hopefully the voters of florida will smarten up in upcoming elections.

    May 3, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. JustAO

    GOP still wants america's economy to fail so us voters can put them back in power in 2014 & 2016. Good luck with that wishful thinking GOP. Ever since 2009, deficits declining, unemployment declining, jobs increasing, wars declining, economy stronger, and what do the GOP have to offer us...lets go back to the way things were during the 2000s.

    Collective amnesia anyone?

    May 3, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. noly972

    It seems as if the GOP finding fault has become a knee-jerk reaction to any news that's good, bad or indifferent. Since everything for them is doom & gloom, I've started just started considering the source and taking their statements with the grain of salt they deserve.

    They should take a page from chicken-little's book; the sky isn't falling all the time.

    May 3, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. JohnW

    The GOP is always good for a laugh at these jobs reports. If we had somehow added a million jobs last month, they would complain that it wasn't two million.

    May 3, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. unemployedandnotalone

    The politicians are all out of touch with the American people. All the people thrown off the unemployment roles make them go down!! I have been unemployed for along time and my unemployment ran out last year and May 2012. I've been dipping into what I have saved all my life to live!! I apply for a loan with my mortgage company for a rental and get turned down at a credit score of 754. They tell me it is because of income to debt ratio. I am at the edge that if I don't get this loan I lose my house and 2 rentals because of taxes!! The bank would rather take my home than to bail me out!! They are criminals !!!

    May 3, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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