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. Justin

    The Republicans should go study up in the new Bush Library.

    May 3, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Hot damn Sniffit, you hit the nail on the head!! Once again. The GOP is "punishing" us for voting for President Obama, and they could care less who is affected by it. They are making sure we never have another one of "us" in the White House again.

    May 3, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "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?!"

    Considering Fair's many aliases on the ticker, it's a good possiblity that Fair hasn't much else in life worth living for.

    May 3, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. ART

    The Greedy Old People are at it again no solutions just obstruction

    May 3, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "when the talking points have been proven wrong time and again"

    Oh? Do tell...why don't you give us some examples and the factual analysis to back up your assertion, eh?

    May 3, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Pete

    @takecareofyourskin,just remember bud she in Nancy Pelosi had Bushs number hiring government employees at an alarming rate to lower those unemployement numbers..Remember it was Bushs that doubled the size of government and now you'll see how small it'll get with Pres.Obama cutting back on the wasteful hiring Bush did just to look hood..600,000 public sector employees have been layer off since the cuts began with more to follow so don't you go speaking unfactually like Portmen did in Ohio and FactCheck found his claims against Pres.Obama false as well!!And take this into account as well with returning soldiers from Afghanistan employement will slow but a country without a war is always welcomed anytime unless you're a warmongering republican!!!

    May 3, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Name Uche Agonsi

    The Republicans are like knives with jagged edges. Their grooves are shaped by their financiers rather than the American people. Obama is simply on their way. They've got to get him out by Congressional gridlocks, call/support for wars, attack even his recreations, his jokes, his favours, etc. But know something, they seem to end up cutting the losers cakes for themselves.

    May 3, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Daniel

    The sequester at work

    May 3, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Malory Archer



    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.


    As they had for the 30 years prior. Our HR Department advised just the other day that our premiums are going to be a bit less in FY2014 for the same level of coverage that employees have enjoyed for the last several years.

    May 3, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    The Guns over People teapotty having another hissyfit because America is getting better despite their efforts to bring us down.

    May 3, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Well, now you made me laugh, Wilson.

    I have that same problem ... time and again. However, I did vote for Bob Dole. The idea of voting for Clinton was just too much for me. As was the idea of voting for George Bush the second time around (first time I ever stayed home on election day) ... John McCain and his gal Sarah ... and of course, Mitt Romney.

    May 3, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    @The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois


    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.
    Talking points are a matter of experience and perspective, a lot of which is sorely lacking in this country. What makes them more credible is having a solid grounding in real-world experience, not just something they pick up off the internet. What you or I may regard as disproven is a matter of a difference in philosphical outlook and experience. I love my country, and I think its the greatest place in the world. I raise my kids with the idea that if they work hard and play by the rules, they will be rewarded with a good life and the respect they deserve. There is far more that unites us than separates us, and what bothers me is the degree to which both wacko fringes look at the glass half-empty, rather than the glass half-full. I treat people with respect, but I have learned from experience to fight fire with fire. After we rope a dope for a while, we talk. I enjoy the back and forth, but I prefer to keep it respectful. My nephew is serving his second tour in Afganistan, and told me he was moved to a different FOB that is quieter. I recall that you said you served: what branch?

    May 3, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Mountainsboyca

    And the GOP is the reason for the double digit unemployment, housing crash, etc. at the end of bush era....
    Now you blame wonder GOP and NRA get along.

    May 3, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. sassysticks53

    GOP acting like fools again? Nothing new.

    May 3, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. seanster5977

    How does the number of new applications for unemployment going down make for a good jobs report? The same day as these numbers come out I read that the number of Americans in the workforce has gone down over 9million since Obama has been at the helm.

    May 3, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Jay

    Obamacare truth. Working people are slaves to those who are not going to work, those who abuse the system. Nothing has been done to clean the system up, and now we've got immigration reform, just dump a whole bunch more on the ole gravy train. Another truth to Obamacare which we'll all see in another year, or by year end. More and more people, the same working people, working multiple jobs to make ends meet. There will be less 40 hour a week jobs, and more 30 hour, or whatever disqualifies an employer from counting a worker as a fulltime employee. So the net effect is this, more working people will work 2 or more jobs just to make ends meet, Uncle Sam will collect more TAX, and the bottom feeders will still milk the system claiming disabled or just getting 4 or 5 degrees for a job they will never work, because it is not their dream job.

    May 3, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. sassysticks53

    Obamacare is stopping employers to hire new employees and those who do hire, part-time (less that 30 hrs. a week). It is cost more to be insured under Obamacare, and there is a stoppage, due to lack of funds, to give those with pre existing conditions health care. We need changes in the healthcare system, but not at this cost.
    No, wait. Don't tell me, let me guess. Sean Hannity told you this, right?

    May 3, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Bill

    I continue to struggle how people can think that this is good news. We still have a published report indicating 7.5% unemployment. Now, if we choose to be logical we should be able to agree that regardless of the letter (D) or (R) next to the politicians name these numbers are eroneus. Unemployment is definitely higher than the published number. Considering unemployment has been this high for so long we should all be deeply troubled.

    May 3, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. uhhhh

    The reason this draws ire is due to the fact the U-6 measure for unemployment, the one that includes discouraged workers and part time labor, actually went up to 13.9%. The reason the prior estimates for unemployment went down is due to the increased additions to part time labor. Labor force participation remains at 63.3%, the lowest since the 70's. The fed and arnt arnt cheering this job report. GDP and Manufacturing continue to stagnate. The market is at record highs due to the fed keeping rates low and investors starving for yeild. We are in the second slowest recovery in the history of america.

    People, who I assume are democrats, get on on here and bash republicans and cheer this jobs report as progress. So scary some of you people are allowed to vote. Read the feds report and actual analysis of the numbers. Shocking people simply ignore the underlying fundamentals. 5 years and still a stagnent recovery.

    May 3, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Charles

    The GOP is done. Just wandering what will replace them.

    May 3, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. john

    GOP=great old poopers. They are so negative all the time. They say we need to do this or that but never work at compromise or even try to fix things. No wonder folk are leaving them in droves. They have proven themselves to be the party of nothing.

    May 3, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "The sequester at work"

    That may in fact be the case, but we need more data points. Job creation was over 330,000 for February and it's now magically back down to 176,000 (minus 11,000 public sector job losses...that's where the 165,00 come from). It's not like it's a secret that the GOP/Teatrolls have done everything they could to hamper recovery in order to blame everyone's suffering on Obama...although it's certainly also true that the MSM has done everything in its considerable power to avoid publishing or reporting on any of the numbers that show things like the manufacture of a debt limit crisis had a measurable negative effect on economic growth.

    May 3, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Burt

    When will Repubs stop the HATRED? When will Dems stop being so nice to them...oh yah...that's because they are nothing but a bunch of 'progressive elitists'! AND THEY ARE TRYING TO FIX THE MESS BUSH/CHENEY MADE! Remember, 'deficits mean nothing' and 'watch this drive'? PEOPLE...quit the nonsense! You are all on the same team! Small victories are STILL VICTORIES! You are moving forward, embrace it and endeavor to work together and make it even better. Repubs...quit trying to block any progress at all just because you HATE the POTUS! Work with him, constructively! You don't have to agree with all of his policies but have to stop disagreeing with eveverything that he tries. The rest of the world sees your president as someone who is actually trying to help your country and a decent honourable man...just give him a hand for crying out loud!Because, repubs/ don't have a favourable view at all! Just people and pander to the rich, carpet baggers to the blatantly hateful (not gonna play the racist card, but could) politically ignorant and call yourselves 'valued'! OMG! Really? WORK TOGETHER PEOPLE! You WILL be better off!

    May 3, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. pubesrtoast

    There can't possibly be any good news that can come out from this Muslim socialist president! nothing! you don't believe me just listen to the fair and balanced Fox news!


    May 3, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    And, of course, while Rome burns, the GOP/Teatrolls plan a 37th symbolic vote to repeal the ACA for next week.

    May 3, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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