New jobs numbers not good enough, Republicans say
June 7th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
11 months ago

New jobs numbers not good enough, Republicans say

(CNN) - While Friday's new employment numbers show the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May, Americans are "still waiting for the recovery President Obama promised years ago," according to the Republican National Committee's chairman.

"President Obama has given plenty of speeches about jobs, but he's done very little to support the kind of commonsense pro-growth policies Republicans have offered year after year," Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Instead, his government has been wasting precious time and money."

The new job numbers mark a slight improvement from April, when a revised 149,000 jobs were created, but still falls in line with average job growth over the last three years.

The report was stronger than expected, and stock futures headed slightly higher in premarket trading, shortly after the report was released. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had expected the report to show 158,000 jobs were added in May.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6% from 7.5% in April.

Republicans have consistently hammered the Obama administration's economic policies following the release of the monthly job numbers.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, on Friday blamed the "failed policies" of the Obama administration and Senate Democrats.

"From President Obama’s costly and intrusive takeover of health care to their seemingly unquenchable thirst to spend, Washington’s Democrats appear unwilling to accept the empirical evidence presented time and time again that demonstrates their economic approach simply isn’t working for the American people," said the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget.

The White House maintained "more work needs to be done" but argued Friday's report "provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression."

Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in the statement that "now is not the time for Washington to impose self-inflicted wounds on the economy."

"The Administration continues to urge Congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction, while working to put in place measures to create middle-class jobs, such as by rebuilding our roads and bridges and promoting American manufacturing," Krueger said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Paul Steinhauser and CNNMoney’s Annalyn Kurtz contributed to this report.


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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm tired of this fool and his foolish message filled with nothing but blah, blah, blah.

    June 7, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....and MORE JOBS has been created under President Obama 2times over than under GW Bush!!! ***FACT***

    old news from the GOP...rinse and repeat!

    Report on this as news if at any time the GOP-Teaparty would come out and praise the job numbers and for standing on the side of the American people for gradually going back to work!!!!

    June 7, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. ST

    Not good enough!! How many jobs yourself and your Party have created so far? This man is real good for nothing!

    June 7, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Somewhat hypocritically, I must comment on this article to say that this article is not worth commenting on.

    June 7, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Just a thought

    Hey Rinse and Wash, the president was elected because he said he would incorporate failing republican policies....What idiot would think that? The american people voted for his policies and they are working with ZERO HELP from you and your clown party.

    June 7, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    Same ish, different day. The party of No, that does nothing but criticize and hunt witches.

    @Data Driven..... Same here.

    June 7, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Bill

    I guess Rinse is not following his own playbook. Stop being the stupid party. Critiziing good job creation numbers only reminds pepole that the GOP policies do not work and that they can only complain and obstruct. And, if this were half a million jobs, these losers would still complain.

    June 7, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Just a thought

    Let's say this again...THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT elected to implement redumblican policies ! In fact he would have lost because the redumblican/GOP/ Tea Tard party is a complete failure both foreign and domestic and all the obstruction and lies, hatred, racism you folks put out there isn't going to change that fact. Now Sit Down and STFU

    June 7, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Warren

    And it never will be good enough as long as PRESIDENT OBAMA is in office.... signed the Party of Hate....

    June 7, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Joan

    Perhaps if the Republicans had and would start working WITH the President instead of trying to obstruct everything he does the jobs numbers and economy would be even better. As it is, even with their negativity and obstruction, the US is recovering much better than most industrialized countries without their help.

    June 7, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Republicans have got to be looking in a mirror when they say, "not good enough." Wasn't it Republiicans who ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010, and were awarded the House of Representatives? Hasn't the House forced us to cut spending by more than a trillion dollars in their first year alone, supposedly to stimulate jobs growth?

    So, when Republicans say "not good enough", then I kniow that they have got to be talking about themselves.

    June 7, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Sniffit

    ""President Obama has given plenty of speeches about jobs, but he's done very little to support the kind of commonsense pro-growth policies Republicans have offered year after year," Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Instead, his government has been wasting precious time and money."

    Translation: "We don't care about elections. Just do what we say, you uppity..."

    June 7, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    REINCE PRIEBUS – remove the vowels and you get this -> RNC PR BS

    June 7, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Bill from GA

    " Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, on Friday blamed the "failed policies" of the Obama administration and Senate Democrats. "

    This idiot is trying to out-conservative the other republican idiots in Georgia running for the soon-to-be open Senate seat, so expect to hear much more partisan drivel from him.

    They all ignore the awesome turnaround since the repubs led us off the cliff, with policies leading to the 800,000 plus jobs LOST per month under Bush. the NEGATIVE 8% GDP under Bush, the collapse of Housing and near-collapse of banking in the USA, thanks to bush and his repubs.

    As to the "failed policies", how can they blame Obama when repubs have blocked everything our President has tried to do? Easy. they're a bunch of Lying Hypocrites. The economy was showing real progress until the repubs took control of the House and put the brakes on. (They actually started the slowdown when repubs got the 41st seat in the Senate.)

    June 7, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Ashley in Missouri

    I just do not understand how they can be unhappy with the jobs numbers. All they do in congress is not let any jobs bills come to a vote. This is simple become silly season for the republicans now. There are plenty of jobs bills that have been killed or tabled in legislative committees.

    June 7, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Moderate Sean

    175,000 people now have jobs that didn't, but that is not "good enough", eh?! How are overall improving numbers not a good thing? Maybe if your useless party would get off their collective rearends and assist, compromise some, and pass honest legislation that benfits the vast majority of Americans, our economy might improve at a greater rate. I understand that parties by their very nature have different philosophies and beliefs; however, to draw such impenetrable lines in the sand doesn't seem to be a constructive way to tackle the issues, challenges, and obstacles that this country faces. Republicans, you have back to back Presidential elections for a reason, while at the same time loosing seats in the Senate and House. Try absorbing the not so subtle hints the voters are sharing with you all already!

    June 7, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Ashley in Missouri

    Love it Rudy NYC

    June 7, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    And, BTW, considering all the 'Gloom and Doom' forecast as a result of the sequester, these numbers are not bad. Granted, the sequester has barely begun to effect the economy.

    June 7, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Tea Party Thomas

    These numbers show. Obama is a failure as president. We elected the wrong person president TWICE. Will we ever learn Socialism will never work in this country.

    Conservative values for a Conservative AMERCIA
    Rand Paul 2016

    June 7, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Mike in Texas

    Tell me if you heard this one before......oh you did? Every month since 2009? Ok.

    June 7, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Just a thought

    Let's say this again...THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT elected to implement redumblican policies !
    ------–
    The republicans weren't elected to rubber-stamp Obama's big-government policies either.

    June 7, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Rebecca

    This man and his party would be funny – if they weren't so sick, sad and pathetic.

    June 7, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. rs

    And just what does the GOP propose if these numbers "aren't good enough"?
    Let's see:
    They've made 37 totally symbolic moves to overturn the ACA
    They've passed 88 anti-abortion and anti-birth control bills
    They've limited the rights of voters in 8 states with 4 more pending
    They refuse to vote for the Heads of several federal agencies including Labor, BATF and others
    They've employed the filibister more time in the last 5 years than in all of American history prior
    They successfully passed their Sequester bill, removing between 2-8% from EVERY single budget line in the federal budget causing widespread furloughs of up to 24 days for fereal government employees
    They've held at least 6 Congressional hearings into Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi (no results and $millions spent)

    I guess it is the usual- the American Taliban is STILL working against America.

    June 7, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. rs

    The republicans weren't elected to rubber-stamp Obama's big-government policies either.
    _________________________________________
    Name ONE "big -government" program that either didn't pre-exist his administration, or has not contained Republican ideology or wasn't passed by Republicans.

    June 7, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Tony

    @Tea party thomas
    Can you clearly explain to a educationally challenged liberal like myself what is the meaning of socialism?

    June 7, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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