Improved jobs report still prompts GOP ire
May 3rd, 2013
10:08 AM ET
1 year 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."


Filed under: Jobs • John Boehner • Reince Priebus
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. Larry

    I know just how the GOP will create jobs – cut taxes on the richest Americans. They will hire more housekeepers!! Raise taxes on everyone else. Tax cuts for the job creators – go GOP – to hell:)

    May 3, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. oracle

    Only CNN and MSNBC would try to spin this as a positive jobs report. It doesn't even keep up with population growth. We need at least 350,000+ jobs per month, just to keep up with normal population growth. The only reason the unemployment rate went down is because more people dropped out of the work force ...

    May 3, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. William

    I think the statement that a lot of people are making about the jobs reports are pretty misguided. Think about it this way, one of the things that they say on CNBC, our situation on the unemployment is a lot better than what the jobs report shows. One of the biggest things that a lot of GOP lawmakers say is that there is a record low job participation rate ever, which is a pretty factual statement. One of the flaws with their statement is that the reason is the reason why participation rate is so low, is because a very large chunk of our labor force are retiring at a really fast pace, more than the people that are joining the job market.

    Since I am a market trader and have a significant background in Economics, the economy is significantly better than what you are thinking. The S&P 500 at all time highs is a significant number since it has been a precedence to unemployment and the economic status, for example 2009, the S&P 500 turned higher before unemployment started decreasing later on. The data shows that we are on track to have unemployment somewhere in the 6% range by the end of this year.

    You can't ignore facts. The trend is your friend.

    May 3, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Mona

    All the g.o.p. does is complain, gripe, more complaining! Nothing Pres.Obama will ever do will please them. They are such racists! When history is written about this particular president, time, it will show how Pres.Obama took us from the brink of ruin to getting back to respecting ourselves a lil better and getting the economy back to somewhat normalcy. If I hear the words "Reagan" or "Bush" it won't be too soon. Give the Pres. a little credit.

    May 3, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. MaryM

    Wow, the dow hits 15,000 and 166,000 jobs created and the repubs still think its bad. Delusional repubs

    May 3, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Chedar

    Obama is working on it. If the GOP is a bit cooperative job would have been 5%

    May 3, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Jehan S

    If a Republican was president, poor employment figures would be spun by the GOP as being a good thing. They'll falsely claim that people are choosing not to seek employment because they can afford to be stay at home moms (or dads) like in the old days. They'll say life is so good that fewer people have to work.

    May 3, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. John

    Interesting that Priebus/GOP take the position that Obamacare means lost jobs, when in actuality, Healthcare Jobs are the fastest growing segment of the increased employment.....When 15% of all people don't have ANY healthcare and all of a sudden about 2 thirds of those do, it is bound to create a lot of new jobs, and that is happening........Keep trying to call Obamacare a disaster.........other than creating jobs, reducing medical bankruptcies, removing life time caps, and disallowing pre existing conditions, it does nothing....not! Does the GOP understand how foolish they look?

    May 3, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. jeff

    wade, obama took office literally at the beginning of the recession. of course more people are poorer under obama. he had to start from the bottom. you can't walk into a grocery store, knock everything off the shelves, turn around, walk out then walk back in and say – "this is the messiest this store has ever been." which is exactly the bull the GOP has been trying to pull ever since georgie boy left office in disgrace and a 76 percent disapproval rating.

    May 3, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Guest

    The GOP still wants Obama's legacy to be failure. They just can't stand it. I bet they have ulcers over the fact that things are better.

    May 3, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Vero

    The only reason that we're not in a Europe-like depression is that the administration and the FED have not followed the European example and Republican recommendation of austerity in the middle of a severe recession. Look at the graphs of government spending and economic growth in different countries; they're very instructive.

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Jim in California

    "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"
    What was the unemployment level when President Obama took office? I believe it was north of 10%, and we were losing about 400K jobs per month. So, when compared to that, I think we are making progress. And by the way, the kind of progress we need to make is the kind that lasts, and that takes a lot of time. Do I agree with President Obama's every decision? No. But am I a realist, who recognizes he's done plenty of good? Yes. And Congress meanwhile? Nothing. Zip, zero, nada. Boehner should be removed as Speaker, and a new Speaker that is able and willing to work WITH the White House and the Senate to reach compromise for BOTH sides, should be named..

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. James

    The Republican's main economic plan has been extreme Austerity. Ask Europe how that's going for them. I don't think America wants or needs the GOP's advise on how to best manage our economy. If we did we would have elected them and ended up in about the same situation as Europe. Maybe now that their study on growth vs debt has been exposed as a fraud and proven disastrous, they can stop screaming about the debt and start encouraging all their "job creator" friends to start hiring people again. Obama's number one priority was economic recovery. The GOP's number one priority has been to make sure Obama fails. So, who's polices aren't serving the American people very well?

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Laurie in Spokane

    The GOP just can't say anything good about anything can they? If the job growth were triple what's reported, they'd still find something to complain. about. If it's anything to do with Obama's policies, that's even more fodder for their mean-spiritedness. What a sorry bunch of sore losers they are.

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. zoomie

    If republicans had joined the President in his initiatives we could really be in great shape. Instead they would rather see America fail.

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. navaJohn

    GOP, the best thing you can do now is simply get out of the way. You've done everything you can to go against this administration and the will of the majority of the people while spewing out your lies, threats and doomsday (train wreck) predictions. You will be rewarded for your ignorance, or rather, arrogance in the coming elections.
    You are NOT my fathers GOP. Goodbye.

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. John Mann

    Wow. And some of you actually vote for these GOPers who root for America's demise? What ever happened to all that over the top patriotism during the bush years? Sore losers.

    May 3, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Naaaaaa

    RepubliCON's, the party of "NO" does it again!
    Nothing is good, nothing is better, nothing is worth giving the Pres. a pat on the back.
    Not unless they said it, did it, or were for it.
    Funny thing, they were for many of Obama's ideas before they were Obama's.

    May 3, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Mike

    These guys are so predictable.

    May 3, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Loathstheright

    Why of course it causes them to panic and still slam the President. They want to see the LOSE of 700,000 jobs a month like BUSH caused, that way they can blame someone else for what they caused.

    May 3, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Every day gets a little bit better. If we continue to sideline the GOP it will get better much faster.

    May 3, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. duke

    I guess none of you remember 7 years of doom and gloom being prophesied by the Democrats with endless chants of "jobless recovery" back in the Bush years when unemployment was less than 6%.

    May 3, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. barryn

    It doesn't matter how good the news is, Republicans would not be satisfied. If President Obama discovered the cure to cancer the GOP would accuse him of mandating what sort of cells we can have in our bodies.

    May 3, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Sizzle

    Bohner needs to go fake-bake and have a drink....those are the only two things he's good at.

    May 3, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. PaulC

    The repugs wouldn't have a kind word for Pres. Obama invented the cure for cancer.

    May 3, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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