New jobs numbers not good enough, Republicans say
June 7th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
1 year 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. Mike in Texas

    Republicans have done a smash up job on creating jobs since they took over the house after the 2010 elections:

    Vote to repeal ACA 37 times
    Vote to restrict voters rights
    Vote to restrict women's rights
    Note vote to enact a jobs bill to help America's crumbling infrastructure
    Conduct congressional investigations hoping not to find the truth but to find any flimsy evidence to implicate the President or his Cabinet.

    June 7, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. rs

    Let's be honest- The GOP is a failed party. They stand for NOTHING, they do NOTHING, they have very few candidates of any value or integrity. They play games. The sad thing is- like drumken frat boys, they don't think anyone notices. America notices. They've lost in the last round or elections, and they are doubling down on their nothingness. They simply have nothing to run on except racism, and the fact they are against anything good for America, or anything the duly elected President of the United States does.
    In lesser countries, these idiots would be in jail now.

    June 7, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Rebecca

    This man and his party would be funny – if they weren't so sick, sad and pathetic.
    --------------–
    Actually, the right wing is funny. Just the other day I was watching an "All In The Family" marathon, when there was one episode where Archie Bunker took up the issue of airplane hijacking by terrorists armed with handguns, which were quite the problem 40 years ago. Archie's solution was both hilarious and shocking. He had made a public service announcement that was broadcast on television to promote his idea.

    Archie Bunker proposed that each passenger should be given a boarding pass and pistol at check in. That knowing that every passenger was armed would deter any would be hijackers. Passengers would return the pistols as they exited the plane. Funny then, reality now.

    June 7, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Borderless

    175,000 hired. Unemployment rate increases. No bragging rights here. But I'm sure Obama is still willing to blame Bush.

    June 7, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    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.
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    What do you call the so-called ACA?

    June 7, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Mike in Texas

    Copy and paste comments from the Republican Party. They spout the same talking points America has rejected. Guess what Republicans, consumer confidence is up, housing prices are up, people have equity now, 401k's up. Rence is sounding more and more like the teachers in the Charlie Brown specials. Wah Wah, wah wah, wah wah.

    June 7, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Borderless

    175,000 hired. Unemployment rate increases. No bragging rights here. But I'm sure Obama is still willing to blame Bush.
    ------–
    Not exactly. He'll leave that to his paid liars / minions / trolls.

    June 7, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Jack

    No, they aren't good enough, so quit being obstructionist, quit voting to repeal the AAHA; 37 times; get infrastructure project funded, compromise on immigration,the small business legislation, compromise on education, funding research, etc, etc,etc!

    And Tea Party Thomas; you are one of those idiots that are only regurgitating what Rush "Over the Cliff" Limbaugh baff'sup

    Quit appeasing Dick Armey, Palin, Bachmann and the cry baby Tea Partiers. To be quite honest as a independent conservative I am sick of these grandstanding idiot's! Starting with Newt Gringrich!

    June 7, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. rs

    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.
    ___________________________________
    First- you wouldn't know "socialism" if it bit you.
    Second- please explain how it is a failure after losing millions of jobs under Bush and the GOP, that Obama has had solid job growth every single month since 2009? In fact, his administration has produced MORE JOBS than Bush did prior to flushing away our economy. Meanwhile- name 1 thing the GOP has done to improve ANYTHING in America since 2008. Hint: IT'S NOTHING!

    June 7, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Jeff in Virginia

    Reince, you are quite terrible at this Kabuki thing.

    June 7, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Victor

    It may not bee the best, but at least it's in the right direction. That's a hell of a lot more than any republican can take credit for. Any time a republican gets a chance to be in charge, the unemployment rate goes through the roof. But they seem to forget this fact.

    June 7, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. onlyfacts

    Good one Rudy NYC. I'm going to think like a conservative for a second...Your comment makes me wonder if Priebus was born to Liberal parents, who knew their newborn would someday head the RNC so they gave him that name so we could all have a good laugh. Oh wait... He just needs to speak for that!

    June 7, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. rs

    Borderless

    175,000 hired. Unemployment rate increases. No bragging rights here. But I'm sure Obama is still willing to blame Bush.
    _________________________
    The funny thing is it is aas if you guys thing that Bush, and hist multi-$trillion wars never happened, or his unfunded tax breaks for the super rich that also cost $trillions didn't happen, or that the economy didn't crash under Bush.
    See, History doesn't erase itself just because someone else gets elected. You don't get childhood "do-overs" just because your guy got voted out. We'll be years recovering from the GOP disaster, and just like you sorry folks are just now waking up to the reality of the USA PATRIOT Act, remember, your guys "made that" too.
    No sir, you can't undo History, although you can certainly be ignorant of it.

    June 7, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. anchorite

    It's fine to bash Obama for his employment numbers. They're not good, and I don't think he really cares. But it was the Republicans who got us into this mess with the housing boom, robosigning, sub prime mortgages, super low rates from the Fed (which again Obama has not changed), deregulation and lax enforcement on Wall St., etc. Neither party is interested in fixing the economy for the middle class, and the Tea Party and Libertarians are completely mouthpieces for corporate interests except a tiny few who'd never get elected. We need to start holding these people accountable regardless of party.

    June 7, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Jon in Pittsburgh

    You know what...NO MATTTER WHAT, it will never be good enough for Repubs, even though they caused it

    June 7, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Patrick R. Tull

    Try telling 175000 people the jobs they got isn't good enough

    June 7, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, on Friday blamed the "failed policies" of the Obama administration and Senate Democrats.
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    Two years ago, the first few months of 2011 had outstanding monthly jobs growth and Republicans took the credit.

    June 7, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Is this guy and his GOP ever POSITIVE about anything??? It gets very old and oh so predictable. Their party wanted and campaigned on cutting costs in gov't and now that the sequester went through and gov't employees are losing their jobs left & right how on earth do they think that isn't going to affect the jobs numbers! They number would have been way higher if it wasn't for the sequester and they know it. Such foolishness!!!!!

    June 7, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. jinx9to88

    What has the house done to help the president out? Nothing!!!!! GOP wasting time and money on witch hunts that come up empty. GOP are a bunch of pathetic people, they sit on the sideline the past 5 years and complain about how bad the economy is. If the numbers are good, well the Obama got lucky, if the number are not so good Obama policies not working. I along with over half the country are sick of these GOP scrubs.

    June 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Tony

    Of course Republicans are not happy with the jobs numbers. Because of Obama, too many Republican politicians are still out of work.

    June 7, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "President Obama has given plenty of speeches about jobs, but he's done very little to support the kind of common sense pro-growth policies Republicans have offered year after year," Reince Priebus said in a statement.
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    There are no such thing as "pro-growth" Republican policies. At least not pro-growth for 98% of Americans.

    June 7, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. MaryM

    Yes, republicans where are those jobs, jobs, jobs your promised when you ran in 2010. Get off your butts and do your jobs in congress. Where is that jobs bill GOP?

    June 7, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Patrick R. Tull

    "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."

    Tax cuts for the rich is not a jobs plan. Firing public workers is not a pro growth plan. It is not commonsense to band the only people who represent workers, Unions. If your "pro growth plan" is so great, why did we lose so many jobs in 2008?

    June 7, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. rs

    Fair is Fair

    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.
    --
    What do you call the so-called ACA?
    ______________________
    Heavily negotiated wiith both House and Senate Republicans, removing the single payer option (Medicare) and including the GOP mandatory insurance purchase (so-called Personal Responsibility section). It is virtuallt Romney's plan, and it passed both houses of Congress, even though the GOP withdrew all support after getting their concessions.

    June 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. rs

    Fair-

    BTW, the ACA is a free-market attempt to allow the market place to set more competitive insurance pricing- something Republicans have faught state-by-state by trying to stop setting up the insurance exchanges. Could it be they like their payola from the Insurance lobby for keeping rates artificially high?

    June 7, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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