New jobs numbers not good enough, Republicans say
June 7th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
2 years 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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  1. wade

    CNN stop being a loyal Obama lacky. Of course it is not good enough you mor*ns the unemployment rate WENT UP not down. So don;t say the Republicans say it is not good enough like it is only the GOP who care about jobs though I am sure that was not your intent but all of us who care and all of us who say OBAMA has failed completely on the economy.

    June 7, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. lottie

    the GOP has done everything to keep the numbers from being good enough. Maybe if they would help the administration they would be good enough. Sick and tired of a party that will not help the people. They spend all their time looking for conspiracy's and taking votes to repeal health care. We keep hearing from mittens who has nothing to say and nuts like Bachmann. They can't agree with each other and are so busy worrying about the next campaign that the people are getting screwed. Vote all these clowns out. Forward.

    June 7, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Ben

    it is amazing to hear the republicans every time a jobs report comes out. The automatic reactions didn't work for Romney and will continue working against the GOP. I believe the Democrats have to dictate this dialogue because if they don't, people will be duped into believing that the president has done absolutely nothing since assuming office. The GOP said taxes would kill jobs but we continue to have job growth every month since. I am one of the 175k and I promise Reince's words is an insult to me, (someone who was unemployed for 10 months since finishing my masters and who is now in a management position. I will take 175k over the declines Bush left when he was demitting office. 2014 and 2016 can't come soon enough. while they're make hay of fake scandals, the president is creating jobs.

    June 7, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. ST

    Is it only me? I have come to realise that having two opposing parties doesn't work at all any more. You can't oppose so hard that you can't realise that there is a party which won after the election, after having such a competition, that party which wins, should implement what it won for. If an opposing party can't allow/ realise that, what is the use of having two parties in the first place anyway/anyhow?

    June 7, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well, You get what you vote for. The liberal's have been in charge for the last 80 plus years. They gave us the Housing Bubble, A House For Everybody afford it or not. It Failed. They gave us Obama Care. Keeping employers from any real hiring. Running the National Debt up, and up. Some of you think the Government can wave a Magic Wand and millions of jobs will magically appear. A note Repeal Obama Care and Extend the Bush Tax Cuts for at least 10 more years, Then Jobs will start to come back. Some of you voted stupid in the last 2 elections. As the old saying goes, you can't get blood out of a turnip. Lots of you will learn the hard way. Better wise up.

    June 7, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Really? I don't think anyone would like these numbers. Just about everyone wants this to be the jobs per week number and not per month. If we had the infrastructure projects going, that would help things. I am sure that Obama would like the jobs numbers to be higher as well. If you want things to grow, then you have spend something; remember the phrase: spend money to make money? That is what needs to be done. The VP needs to go over every program with each department to see what can be cut and consolidated. That would lead to some savings.

    June 7, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. gary

    Do the Republicans support anything except, repeal Obamacare, and cut spending? How about a transportation bill, ANY jobs bill. The Republican party is a joke.

    June 7, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Thomas

    "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.

    Ohhh , where was "" Reince Priebus in 2007 .

    Reince Priebus / GW Bush 2016

    Thats make it right ?

    June 7, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Here we go again, with the same tired criticism coupled with a complete absence of an alternative. It was not too many years ago that Conservativsm stood for personal responsibility: where is the responsibility by the Right in admitting that they operated from a flawed premise for over 3 decades. Just because we could not clean up the mess they created in a day does not negate their guilt and the complicity of many Democrats in giving the Right what they wanted. At this stage, the only thing they are capable of is denial. Where is your plan, besides a repeat of the horrible policies that put us in the ditch? The only time you hear a Republican being honest about anything is when they are retiring from public life, and they don't have to worry about being savaged by Grover Norquist and the rest of the gang of anti-intellectual thugs that inhabit the Right's " think tanks" and propaganda outlets. They mouth the words, and ignore the meaning of what they spout. Its become a mantra, a prayer they say to comfor themselves in a vain effort to avoid the consequences.

    June 7, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Sniffit

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

    And tomorrow he'll be bragging that they've blocked everything he's tried to do. There isn't enough yawn in the universe to express how boring the GOP/Teatrolls' predictable hypocrisy is.

    June 7, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Borderless

    Obama made huge promises and failed to deliver. No big deal. Almost every politician does that. But Obama took it a step further. He created situations that would ensure a sluggish recovery at best for the foreseeable future. He also created the most Orwellian government we have witnessed in this country. We have had our share of bad presidents. We've had crooked presidents. But this guy, Obama, brings a level of corruption and incompetence unmatched by all of his predecessors combined. Worst president ever.

    June 7, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Guess

    Man that is one dense man, wow, they all act like the gop could not help, they dont want too, your being paid to help america, and you do your best to destroy it, then get mad when it does not work..

    June 7, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. rs

    Well, You get what you vote for. The liberal's have been in charge for the last 80 plus years. They gave us the Housing Bubble, A House For Everybody afford it or not. It Failed. They gave us Obama Care. Keeping employers from any real hiring. Running the National Debt up, and up. Some of you think the Government can wave a Magic Wand and millions of jobs will magically appear.
    Yeah, the GOP believes in the "magic wand" because month after month, year after year, they do NOTHING. No jobs bills, just very radical social policy.
    As to hiring- if you listen to small and big employers alike- they'd love to pay less than minimum wage- look at WalMart- less than part-time work is their policy, no retirement, no benefits, no salary- yet YOU think that's right. America got great by having a thriving middle class- the GOP see greatness in just the 1%.
    As to the national debt- after Reagan, Bush I and Bush II- you are either delusional or have a very wicked sense of humor. "Deficits don't matter"-remember?

    June 7, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Repooblican'ts

    How unexpected. The Republican's better watch out because they are losing their crediability. If they simply oppose EVERYTHING the white house tries to accomplish, they will be punished in the ballot box. This style of block everything, disageree with everything, make any news into bad news and always make it directly the presidents fault. It is so transparant it begs the question – how old are the Republican strategists really? They really are acting like spoilt children whoi didn't get the chocolate bar they wanted in the supermarket so they scream and go limp, forcing the mother to drag them through the store.

    June 7, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Thomas

    @Ray E. (Georgia)
    Well, You get what you vote for. The liberal's have been in charge for the last 80 plus years. They gave us the Housing Bubble, A House For Everybody afford it or not. It Failed. They gave us Obama Care. Keeping employers from any real hiring. Running the National Debt up, and up. Some of you think the Government can wave a Magic Wand and millions of jobs will magically appear. A note Repeal Obama Care and Extend the Bush Tax Cuts for at least 10 more years, Then Jobs will start to come back. Some of you voted stupid in the last 2 elections. As the old saying goes, you can't get blood out of a turnip. Lots of you will learn the hard way. Better wise up.

    ======

    The liberal's have been in charge for the last 80 plus years ?

    And it only took two terms for GW Bush to almost total the whole country .

    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who sought and received five student deferments from service in Vietnam.

    June 7, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Ron L

    Here are the facts:
    The deficit is actually shrinking
    We have three PROPOSED BUDGETS, one from the President, one from the Congress, and one from the Senate. NORMALLY when this happens there is a conference between the Congress and the Senate and they resolve the differences and come out with THE BUDGET for the country. This time the Senate is STUCK because of three or four Republican Senators will not vote in favor of going to the negotiations. This should be inexcusable but it isn't because some short sighted people think they are doing the right thing. It is really sad but that is the America we live in. IF a budget were passed it would get rid of some of this uncertainty that is stifling growth. Unfortunately there is a portion of America that would rather see us struggle than allow the Democrats to be successful and CHINA is LOVING IT.....

    June 7, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. rs

    Do the Republicans support anything except, repeal Obamacare, and cut spending? How about a transportation bill, ANY jobs bill. The Republican party is a joke.
    ___________________
    Actually Republicans love fiscal boondoggles- look at their border recommendations or plans for Syria and other foreign hellholes we should avoid. Money pits all. They love to spend money- tax cuts for the rich, nation-building, endless wars, corporate bailouts. They just hate Americans and won't spend one thin dime to help folks here.

    June 7, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    -------------------------------------------------
    Way to handle yourself rs.
    Excellent response to one of the "usual suspects" baits.

    June 7, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. rs

    "Extend the Bush Tax Cuts for at least 10 more years, Then Jobs will start to come back."
    ____________________________________
    Talk about the magic solution! We've had tax cuts for the rich since 2001-where are the jobs? Sure the 1% own 88% of the wealth in this country- maybe when they clear 90% they'll make a job or three. That's not Democracy your talking buddy- that's plutocracy (and slavery for the rest of us).
    Delusional.

    June 7, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Ron L

    One other thing....I wonder how many people who hate the idea of Obamacare have NO INSURANCE!!! How many of them would give up their insurance?? It is easy to criticize something that doesn't effect you personally.

    June 7, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Ray E.(Georgia) wrote:

    ... The liberal's have been in charge for the last 80 plus years. They gave us the Housing Bubble, A House For Everybody afford it or not. It Failed. They gave us Obama Care. Keeping employers from any real hiring. Running the National Debt up, and up. Some of you think the Government can wave a Magic Wand and millions of jobs will magically appear. .....
    ------------------------
    I guess George w. Bush and Ronald Reagan never existed. I guess Eisenhower and Nixon/Ford never existed, either. I guess Newt Gingrich and a decade long Republican majority in the Congress never happened, either.

    You live in a different world from the rest of us. Must be terrible. We can CHANGE it for you.

    June 7, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. ka

    I like how CNN twists this story somehow to mention that repubs aren't happy blah blah blah.

    How about the fact the unemployment numbers went up? 7.5 – 7.6?

    June 7, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. co-man-senz

    Uh hmmmm. Interesting play with facts and viewpoints concerning "republicans" and "jobs". What exactly have republicans contributed to the recovery since 2008? Aside from a few things bush did concerning the stimulus I think the list is pretty darn short. Heck, they dont even pay for those nifty little banners that say "jobs" they like to hang up during press briefings about what they cant stand about potus. Can we report maybe about what the republicans want to do to stimulate the economy other than voting to eliminate overtime pay for hourly workers?! The jobs numbers can never be good enough by default. What matters is how our broken government can find ways to help people raise their families, educate their children, develop new industry, and feed the people!!! Get it together cnn. Stop smelling like fox.

    June 7, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Richard Long

    7.6... not good enough for Republicans, but just fine for Democrats and the Obama Administration.
    May 2007 Unemployment Rate: 4.4
    May 2013 Unemployment Rate: 7.6

    Has remained in the mid-to-upper 7% for 9 months straight.

    June 7, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. rs

    Rudy NYC

    Ray E.(Georgia) wrote:

    ... The liberal's have been in charge for the last 80 plus years. They gave us the Housing Bubble, A House For Everybody afford it or not. It Failed. They gave us Obama Care. Keeping employers from any real hiring. Running the National Debt up, and up. Some of you think the Government can wave a Magic Wand and millions of jobs will magically appear. .....
    --------
    I guess George w. Bush and Ronald Reagan never existed. I guess Eisenhower and Nixon/Ford never existed, either. I guess Newt Gingrich and a decade long Republican majority in the Congress never happened, either.

    You live in a different world from the rest of us. Must be terrible. We can CHANGE it for you.
    _____________________________________
    Precisely what we hear from these trolls day-in and -day-out. It is as if they were born yesterday, and have no clue how things got the way they are. Republicans must be born with alzheimers, or something which limits them having a working understanding of History and the past and their role in it.

    June 7, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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