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. mikemc58

    Just an accounting trick you can make any thing look good if you play with the numbers right. Ask any accountant

    May 3, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. scarf

    If Obama came up with a cure for cancer, the Republicans would say he was anti-growth!

    May 3, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. takecareofyourskin

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, December 21, 2002: “This is a crisis.” Unemployment rate at that time: 6.0 percent.

    The New York Daily News, 11/2/2003: “The good news that economic growth leaped from June through September runs smack up against the miserable realities of a 6.1% U.S. unemployment rate and a state jobless rate of 8.8%. Until those figures drop, there is no cause for celebration in the streets. Count reviving the national economy as one mission that President Bush hasn’t accomplished.”

    November 2006: “Pelosi was not to be outdone, however, firing back at the president who she claimed had “the worst jobs record since the Great Depression,” in spite of Friday’s news that the October jobless rate fell to 4.4 percent, the lowest it has been in more than five years.”

    May 3, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. pk

    At the end of the day, it's not about Obama. It would be the same GOP Bullcrap as long as any democrat held the office of POTUS. If, heaven forbid, we ever have a GOP president, things will get done in a NY nano-second....

    May 3, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. PaulCat

    All of you complain about the republicans, but YET you continue to vote them into office.

    WHY?

    Could it be because you are stupid enough to believe their lies?

    If you vote republican, don't complain.

    May 3, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Homer Simpson

    The gop needs to start using logic, if the economy were to fail now, most people would know that this is what the gop wants, and we would be expected to not blame them, when its that obvious that you want to ruin the economy,are you sure its going to get you what you think/want? seriously need to wake up

    May 3, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Dan5404

    Of course they are angry. They always are. Anytime Obama achieves something, it's a victory over their years of blocking progress, discriminating against women and minorities, trying to buy elections, rigging election through gerrymandering, rules to hinder people from voting, etc., they are the biggest bunch of do-nothings we've ever had.. You name it, they are nothing but a bunch of spoiled right-wing extremists who just can't get it through their thick skulls that most Americans don't like them or their policies. The loss of two presidential elections didn't teach them anything.

    May 3, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. CM46

    I think we just need to disregard any statements that the GOP. particularly the Speaker, say that fly in the face of the facts. I have little idea why they hate the president and the American people so much.

    May 3, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. mitchgam

    Is there anybody outside of the small percentage of partisan Republican left, that actually cares what the Republicans say anymore?
    Even people who vote for them, do so more because the Democrats can't seem to find worthy opponents, then because they like, agree or trust them.

    My kids use the word Republican as a curse, when one of them is behaving obstinate and unintelligent.

    Given that sentiment among the young, their is no future in the Republican party.
    All they need is for the Democrats to actually field viable candidates for them to win both houses of congress.

    May 3, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Homer Simpson

    The gop needs to start using logic, if the economy were to fail now, most people would know that this is what the gop wants, and we would be expected to not blame them, when its that obvious that you want to ruin the economy,are you sure its going to get you what you think/want? seriously need to wake up
    ------–
    Hey Homer... so let me get this straight. If the economy improves, Obama get's the credit. If the economy declines, republicans get the blame. Have I got that right? Because it seems, you know, that philosophy makes Obama win no matter what. What does it take for Obama to get some skin in the game?

    May 3, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Sam Adams

    The DJIA stroked over 15,000 today.
    Is that a sign of a growing economy or merely computerized trading in the Wall Street casinos?

    We all know that Wall Street follows Twitter and reacts with knee jerk precision to bad news of any kind with wild market gyrations. It seems news from those casinos has become just noise.

    We have had universal health care for years now, though no one at the federal level of debate wants to talk about it. That universal care is the federal law mandating that hospital emergency rooms must provide needed medical treatment to all who go to the emergency rooms, even if they cannot pay.

    What does that mean? It means that my real property tax bill contains a line item to fund the local hospital district operations, paying for medical care given to those who cannot pay for it. Will AHCA reduce my taxes? Maybe, or maybe not, but I'm hoping that the quality of care will improve without a big jump in my taxes.

    So far, the local hospital has improved its procedures, safety record and so on and has not asked for more funds year over year, since its work to make its care more efficient has been successful.

    Think about the huge medical bills for those victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Hope they have health insurance.

    May 3, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    I just can't wait to vote those Republican out of office, so the Country can really rebound. I don't care what Obama does it's just never, ever good enough for them. They are a bunch of racist red-necks with their own personal agenda. Come On 2014. Let John B., Mitch M, and Eric C take a vacation from politics FOREVER.

    May 3, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Agreed with the GOP – we need strong growth like we had during the Bush Adminihahahahahhahahahahahaha

    May 3, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Vince

    My health insurance has decreased for the last 3 years and stayed flat this year...I'll take more of that...thanks!

    May 3, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Jules

    Can't wait to get out to work for those 2014 elections. I'm so sick and tired of the GOP trying to thwart the duly elected American President at every turn. They don't deserve to be elected to anything since all they do is put party ahead of country.

    May 3, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Peoples State of Illinois

    @mitchgam

    Is there anybody outside of the small percentage of partisan Republican left, that actually cares what the Republicans say anymore?
    Even people who vote for them, do so more because the Democrats can't seem to find worthy opponents, then because they like, agree or trust them.

    My kids use the word Republican as a curse, when one of them is behaving obstinate and unintelligent.

    Given that sentiment among the young, their is no future in the Republican party.
    All they need is for the Democrats to actually field viable candidates for them to win both houses of congress.

    ------------------------
    That's ok, my kids use the word "democrat' as a curse, for the same reasons. So I guess our kids cancel each other out. By the way, where do kids learn such things? Like how not to compromise, to show such hatred? From us.

    May 3, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Obama is Great

    the republicans want instant success.

    Kinda like the instant victory in iraq which then turned into a 10 year war

    May 3, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Wilson

    Vince

    My health insurance has decreased for the last 3 years and stayed flat this year...I'll take more of that...thanks!
    ------------
    Hmmm, mine has increased for the last 3 years. I don't want any more of that, no thanks. I've always done better when Republicans are in office, i.e. higher paychecks, etc. Every time we have a dem administration I wind up losing. It has been this way ever since Reagan was in office. No wonder I usually vote the "lesser of two evils," which works out to be republican, except once I had to vote for bill clinton for his second term, Bob Dole was just too much.

    May 3, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    @mitchgam

    Is there anybody outside of the small percentage of partisan Republican left, that actually cares what the Republicans say anymore?
    Even people who vote for them, do so more because the Democrats can't seem to find worthy opponents, then because they like, agree or trust them.

    My kids use the word Republican as a curse, when one of them is behaving obstinate and unintelligent.

    Given that sentiment among the young, their is no future in the Republican party.
    All they need is for the Democrats to actually field viable candidates for them to win both houses of congress.

    --------
    That's ok, my kids use the word "democrat' as a curse, for the same reasons. So I guess our kids cancel each other out. By the way, where do kids learn such things? Like how not to compromise, to show such hatred? From us.
    ******************************
    From peoplem who refer to others as " flyspeck": is this a sign of respect? Hardly.

    May 3, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Ballzack

    He needs to rinse his priebus

    May 3, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. ed martinelli

    Hey, people, for April 140,000 jobs were added AND 340,000 people signed up for unemployment for the first time. That, if my math is correct, means we lost 200,000 jobs, no? And the unemployment rate is dropping because there are less people to count as unemployed because they stopped looking for work or retired (probably early). So, how does that all add up to a rosy job's report?

    May 3, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. greasemonkey

    You CONs sure get agitated when reality doesn't match your narrative huh......

    How amusing.......

    May 3, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "I have little idea why they hate the president and the American people so much."

    Pretty simple really: Obama's black and we voted for him instead of them. Ergo, the GOP/Teatrolls think it's their job to punish everyone for it and "teach us a lesson" so that next time a minority is running for POTUS they can say "remember what happened last time you made one of "them" POTUS? hmmmmm?"

    May 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Pete

    You know republicans are so funny but delushional as well never being happy when their constituents the ones they care less about until election time are being employed..Boehner ,the lowest of the low in past speakers can't run fast enough to get away from his disasterous stint as speaker,worst ever!!And McConnell still smarting from the fallout of a spy ease dropping in his slanderous agenda against an actress Ashly Judd now not running but McConnell still throwing out unfactual slanderous mud against her..Trust me if he keeps it up McConnell will be up against Judds team of lawyers and I'd like to see McConnell go broke trying to defend himself,that in itself would make a great movie wouldn't it!!

    May 3, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Peoples State of Illinois

    @The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    @mitchgam

    Is there anybody outside of the small percentage of partisan Republican left, that actually cares what the Republicans say anymore?
    Even people who vote for them, do so more because the Democrats can't seem to find worthy opponents, then because they like, agree or trust them.

    My kids use the word Republican as a curse, when one of them is behaving obstinate and unintelligent.

    Given that sentiment among the young, their is no future in the Republican party.
    All they need is for the Democrats to actually field viable candidates for them to win both houses of congress.

    --–
    That's ok, my kids use the word "democrat' as a curse, for the same reasons. So I guess our kids cancel each other out. By the way, where do kids learn such things? Like how not to compromise, to show such hatred? From us.
    ******************************
    From peoplem who refer to others as " flyspeck": is this a sign of respect? Hardly.
    --------------
    Naww, I just refer to flyspecks as "flyspeck." You know, people that should know better, such as yourself. Some posters on here I feel sorry for as they are obviously uninformed voters that get most of their information from sound bites and don't do any real research. But you and a few others, sometimes, seem pretty well informed and intelligent thinkers, but you spout the liberal talking points like they are gospel, when the talking points have been proven wrong time and again. Those are the "flyspecks," annoying "gnats," etc. Before you say anthing, yes there are some of the same "flyspecks" on the right as well, that spout a right talking point after it has been proven false.

    May 3, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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