Improved jobs report still prompts GOP ire
May 3rd, 2013
10:08 AM ET
5 years 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. ros10

    My God, the Republicans will love to see the unemployment at 10%, every since President Obama been President they
    have been praying for bad numbers for the American people. This is good news for the Country, I don't care who is
    President. May God have mercy on the GOP's.

    May 3, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Let's have some fun with this. We all know the GOP hates the ground that our duly elected POTUS walks on so..... Let's name some things our POTUS could do to draw ire from them.

    1. Breathe- How dare he breathe when so many others can't? He should be impeached.
    2. Belch or pass gas- how could he release those toxins into the air? He needs to be impeached!
    3. Make public appearances-How could he do that when so many others can't even breathe?? I think he should be impeached.

    Ha, ha. Come on peeps it's Friday, we all know the GOP cares about nothing except going against the POTUS. Bring em on!!

    May 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Mike

    Let me see under the Bush / republican Era America went broke and we were losing 500,000 jobs a month. Obama has turned that around and its all his fault, you betcha.

    May 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. dwmanning

    Unfortunately for Republicans, the cost of healthcare over the last three years has risen at its slowest pace in two and a half decades. So chalk that untruth up as yet another inferior product coming off the assembly line of the Lying Factory the GOP has become.

    Also, my health insurance premiums rose by 12% in 2007, 21% in 2008, and another 15% in 2009–almost 50% increase in total. I was in good health then, as I am now. Since 2010, the year of the Affordable Care Act passing, my premium has not risen at all, not by a dollar.

    Is the Act to credit for that? Perhaps not; but it does show me that this idea that insurance companies are insane with worry about the law kicking in is total bunk. Had that been the case, they would have been raising the premium this whole time. Even if it goes up 20% next year–which I highly doubt– I am still doing better rate-wise than the pace I was on under the old, horrendous, broken healthcare system Republicans love so much.

    Go back to the old way. Thanks but not thanks.

    May 3, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    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.


    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?!
    Ummmmm... no, Mallory, not a stalker at all. The records were subpoenaed during an audit of the department of public assistance. The results were made public.

    May 3, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Wade Tritschler

    At this point one must seriously ask the GOP, WHAT POLICIES? You won't haven't let anything get through in 2 plus years now and look to continue that streak. At this point, the country is running on autopilot. No, sorry, not autopilot. At least autopilots try not to crash the plane, while the GOP has been trying to crash the economy with these idiotic debt ceiling debates and such. How can anyone take these guys seriously anymore?!

    May 3, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. RL

    I want to see congressional representatives and senators happy when unemployment goes down, not angry. It appears that repugs want high unemployment rates, after all, the high unemployment was mostly their fault.

    May 3, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Jack

    The GOP, my party, it used to be, continues to optimize its stupidity! By listening to Rush and Sean!

    May 3, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "...the GOP has been trying to crash the economy with these idiotic debt ceiling debates and such. How can anyone take these guys seriously anymore?!"

    Because the MSM pretends that proposing modest background checks is something equally crazy and partisan as threatening to wreck the country's "full faith and credit" by causing the nation to default on its debts.

    May 3, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. PJ

    As far as the GOP is concerned Obama can't do anything right. The GOP itself is so very perfect. They would have everyone back at work...., the military fighting some new wars!!

    May 3, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. enkisea

    Considering that a major aspect of our economy is investor confidence these GOPers are sinking our economy by not getting on board and living life like normal. Nasdaq and Dow are the highest in ten years or ever. So much for Republican job creators. I am a moderate and both parties are not really concerned with us but the GOP is pushing me more left with their childish games with our lives.

    May 3, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Joi Gibson

    @Wake Up People: you are so right. It is just never good enough for Republicans. They will not be happy until unemployment is 10% – such caring folks they are. Republicans have no shame.

    Congrats to those who found employment. I hope things start looking up for you and your families.

    Mr. President – some of us are well aware of the obstruction you face (unlike folks like Maureen Dowd, et al.) and yet you continue to persevere. Those of us who support you must do the same. Let us not be like the 2010 mid-terms. We must come out in full force in 2014!!!!

    May 3, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. pk

    If the jobs report was lousy, they'd still blame Obama. Today the Dow topped 15000......on his watch. Last time a Republican held office, I believe the Dow was in the 6000 range....just sayin'.........

    May 3, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. strangerq

    I knew the GOP was hopeless the day that President Obama got Bin Laden.

    1st they denied.

    then they tried to credit Bush for it – the guy who couldn't find Bin Laden in 7 years and gave up trying after 2.

    then they tried to dismiss it. "anyone would have done it", in spite of the fact that Mitt Romney specifically said he would not dare to go into Nuclear armed Pakistan to get Bin Laden.

    I knew then that the far rate of the GOP hates "Obama", "liberals", "democrats", "the 47 percent", etc.. more than they hate Al Qaeda.

    Their are some exceptions like Chris Christie of course, who are not out of their minds with hatred. But the Tea party crowd as gone off the deep end, and see their own American government as the enemy.

    May 3, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. hecep

    Looks like the GOP has yet to see Wall Street's reaction to the favorable news. Not that it would matter to them, whatever the numbers or general reaction to the news; you don't get elected by praising the other side.

    May 3, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. RandyF

    Looks like Obama and Dems got the economy and stock market rocking while GOP wanted to continue welfare for the Super Rich like the Koch Bros. You got to love how dumb Repub look now.

    May 3, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Alan

    "the president's policies still aren't providing the robust economic growth and job creation the American people desperately need."

    Doesn't Speaker Boehner realize in order to 'provide' growth, Congress, and the House especially needs to at least allow for a vote on the presidents policies and not judge them before the representatives who are elected by their constiuents, vote yes or no.

    Here is a representative of one state, Ohio, thinking he knows what the other 49 states and millions of americans want...he's suppose to speak for the house, not the country. Mr. Boehner, please learn your place or on November 4th, 2013, your place will be in the state of ohio and not in Congress

    May 3, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Oh come on man

    May 3, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    Thanks Joi. I lost my job about a month before President Obama was elected and it took me a while to find another one. This one may not be as good as the last one but at least I have a job. I have also been able to help a few friends that were looking for work. They now work for the same company.

    Things are looking up and thanks for the well wishes.

    May 3, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Peoples State of Illinois

    Wow! The usefulidiots are out in force today.

    May 3, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Amanda Wolf

    I think the republicanscanners are furious about the President Obama's continued growing employment gains. So they try to disqualify every single improvement in our job situation and economy. In the end, President Obama proves right :)))) Are those economists republican or members of the tea party? If so, no wonder they have been wrong and using negative economic forecasts; CNN SHOULD RELY ON NEUTRAL ECONOMISTS, NOT IN CONSERVATIVE AND PREJUDICED BANKERS WHO USE PESSIMISTIC RULES.

    May 3, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. DumbasRocks [R]s

    The GOP is being dragged kicking and screaming into properity, just like they were in the 1990s.

    May 3, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. kevin

    Congratulations Mr. President and thank you. My 401 thanks you as well! Stay strong. As for the traitors...2014..then we'll talk about your trials.

    May 3, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Homer10

    Could it be that Obama has finally repaired the damage caused by King George Dubya? You know, when $40 Trillion dollars is stolen from the economy, it takes a while to recover from that kind of theft. It is definitely looking like we are starting to recover. Much to the horror of the far right Republicons who deliberately caused this mess. Unemployment has dropped to 7.5%. It is dropping slowly, but there is a lot left to do. Unemployment will be the last thing to go down. We have the rest of Spring, all of Summer, and Fall left in this year for serious economic growth. I'm thinking that we might see 6.9% unemployment by the fall. It could be more. By November 2014, we could see a high 5% unemployment rate. Oh God I'd hate to be a Republican right now.

    May 3, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Jeb

    Unemployment – Down
    Stock Market – Way Up
    American Auto Industry – Saved
    Iraq War – Over
    Bin Laden – Shark Bait

    Republican Reaction – Outrage

    Who are Republicans rooting for?

    It's clearly not the U.S.A.

    May 3, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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