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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  1. California Gary

    "He's done very little"..........as opposed to the Republican House who went in promising "jobs, jobs, jobs"..........and instead gave us "no, no, no".........

    June 7, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. emskadittle

    If they numbers are not good enough for you, maybe you could stop the witchhunts long enough to do something about it.

    June 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "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."
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    Yet these are the same people who want to be put in charge of running everything. And they call the voters dumb because they are not in charge. Pretty amazing stuff to watch. It's like watching a movie that parodied politicians.

    June 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. rs

    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.
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    Convenient numbers there. Sort of overlooks the Bush crash of '08, wherein jobs were lost at a rate of 500,000-700,000 a month, yes?

    June 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Data Driven

    @Borderless,

    Obama created the most Orwellian government? If you're referring to the Patriot Act, that was "created" by Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With overwhelming approval, I might add, from voters who put them all there. I grant that Mr. Obama has exacerbated the legislation's pernicious effects.

    So can we liberals, against it from the beginning, count on you conservatives to join us in demanding that the Patriot Act be dismantled, brick by brick?

    June 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Donna

    175,000 jobs a month is pathetic for an economy our size given the recession ended FOUR YEARS AGO!!! It ended in June, 2009, before ANY of Obama's failed policies even started.

    Yet he insisted we borrow and spend a TRILLION dollars on a failed stimulus program that was supposed to keep unemployment from going over 7%. It rose to 10%! And has stayed way above 7% THE ENTIRE TIME he has been in office. To say his economic policies have been a complete failure is the understatement of the century.

    Americans must come to their senses and relaize that like everything else

    June 7, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Donna

    175,000 jobs a month is pathetic for an economy our size given the recession ended FOUR YEARS AGO!!! It ended in June, 2009, before ANY of Obama's failed policies even started.

    Yet he insisted we borrow and spend a TRILLION dollars on a failed stimulus program that was supposed to keep unemployment from going over 7%. It rose to 10%! And has stayed way above 7% THE ENTIRE TIME he has been in office. To say his economic policies have been a complete failure is the understatement of the century.

    Americans must come to their senses and relaize that like everything else Obama has said, his rhetoric on the economy is nothing but a bunch of lies and BS from somebody with ZERO economic experience.

    June 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. rs

    175,000 jobs a month is pathetic for an economy our size given the recession ended FOUR YEARS AGO!!! It ended in June, 2009, before ANY of Obama's failed policies even started.

    Yet he insisted we borrow and spend a TRILLION dollars on a failed stimulus program that was supposed to keep unemployment from going over 7%. It rose to 10%! And has stayed way above 7% THE ENTIRE TIME he has been in office. To say his economic policies have been a complete failure is the understatement of the century.
    _________________________
    So, how is life on Venus?

    June 7, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. California Gary

    It must be very frustrating for them........after their all out effort to tank this economy so they could blame it on Obama and the Democrats........the economy improves anyway.

    June 7, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. BinFL

    @Borderless – 175,000 hired. Unemployment rate increases. No bragging rights here. But I'm sure Obama is still willing to blame Bush.
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    Wonder who were blaming when we were losing 750,000 jobs per month?? Do you guys ever see anything positive...what a sad world you live in!

    June 7, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. truth hurts but reality bites

    The economy and jobs situation is what you get when you institute big government socialists policies as they did in Europe. There is a cost to everything, an action and a reaction. Obama and the Democrats spent the first two years in office from 2009-2010 in a full scale assault on the business, banking and healthcare industries. What you got was a full scale pull back by those industries because they were getting hit from every side during bad economic times.

    Fear and uncertainty and rises costs to do business are the killers of economic growth (leading to job growth). Obama and the Democrats have gone out of their way to stick it to businesses in this country. Their socialist/progressive anti-business approach is the reason, 4 years later, we still do not have anything that looks like an economic recovery.

    June 7, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. emskadittle

    I am amazed at people comparing 2007 employment figures to today without considering what happened after 2007, I guess the thing the great recession started the day the black president was elected

    June 7, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. 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 commonsense pro-growth policies Republicans have offered year after year," Reince Priebus said
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    What are those policies, anyway? Let's see.

    - cut individual tax rates in half for the top 2%
    - eliminate the capital gains tax
    - cut corporate tax rates by more than half.
    - reduce regulations in the oil industry, manufacturing, and financial sector
    - cut spending on civil servants (Romney said we have too many teachers, police officers, etc.)
    - require that people obtain special photo IDs to vote, but then cut hours at locations that provide them
    - pass laws that say it's okay to shoot first, and we won't ask you any questions later.
    - cut spending on our already crumbling infrastructure.
    - cut spending on food programs for the poor, the homeless, and the elderly

    I'd better quit now. This raises my blood pressure.

    June 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    rs

    The republicans weren't elected to rubber-stamp Obama's big-government policies either.
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    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
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    Way to handle yourself rs.
    Excellent response to one of the "usual suspects" baits.
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    Oh please. Heavily negotiated? The republicans were shut out of negotiations. Individual mandate? The democrats took the idea of an individual mandate and turned it into a 2600-page boondoggle that sane democrats are calling a train wreck and can't distance themselves from fast enough.

    Congrats, though... you got an "atta boy" from Obama's "head cheerleader".

    June 7, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. CAWinMD

    Republicans can complain all they want (and apparently they all want to, a lot), but this comes down to one of two possible scenarios.

    Scenario 1: Businesses aren't hiring robustly because there is no demand. There's no demand because people are still not feeling confident in the economy so they are not buying. The government could put a bunch of people to work building infrastructure, schools, etc. within the next 90 days if they wanted to. It's an investment in the future while rates are at their lowest, and would start getting money into the hands of the common man who will spend it (rather than the "job creators" who will save it), which would create demand. But Republicans don't want to do it because it will cost money, and they don't believe in spending money to help the country.

    Scenario 2: Businesses aren't hiring robustly because they have realized over the last 5 years that if they keep people fearful for their jobs, they can demand much more work from a smaller work force and get it because people don't want to lose their jobs. This maximizes their profits, which means that their stock goes up, which realizes more profits. But the common man doesn't see any of that economic activity.

    I hope it's scenario 1, because that's at least theoretically solvable (assuming we had a functioning Congress). I fear it's scenario 2 (look at the stock market), in which case this is the new normal.

    June 7, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw, Gee Folks, Basically this Jobs Report says the Economy is Stagnent. Sorr but those are the facts. I don't make the News, I just report the News. So if things were so good in the past, Reagan, Bush, Eishenhower, Nixon, etc, WHAT HAPPENED! The Liberal's, Democrats, had the Congress for 40 years. Instead of recogonizing the problem, (Hint) Look in the mirror, you blame SOMEBODY ELSE !! I guess a lot of you are from Missouri. You will have to be shown. Hang on the ride is going to get a lot rougher before it gets better.

    P.S. It's kind of hard to repair in 12 years what the Liberal's?Democrats screwed up in 80. Good luck.

    June 7, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. just sayin

    why are we so worried about jobs in this country? obama and the democrats have shown the country that nearly half the people can be on the government dole and not need jobs. the check comes every wekk, every month, no matter what.

    that is one reason romney couldn't get elected running on getting people back to work. he made the false assumption that people in this country want to work! can we go on like this forever? of course not, but they don't care as long they are sucking up as much as they can without working. meanwhile the country goes broke in the process.

    June 7, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Ray E. (Georgia)

    P.S.
    The Democrats STILL want to raise Taxes on Business. Think Business is going to come back to the U.S.? Not as long as the Liberal's are in charge. Sorry!

    June 7, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. M.A.P.

    Hey @just sayin – if you hate Americans so much, why don't you move to Canada or somewhere else?

    June 7, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Oh please. Heavily negotiated? The republicans were shut out of negotiations. Individual mandate? The democrats took the idea of an individual mandate and turned it into a 2600-page boondoggle that sane democrats are calling a train wreck and can't distance themselves from fast enough.

    Congrats, though... you got an "atta boy" from Obama's "head cheerleader".
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    Republicans were not "shut out of negotiations". They voluntarily boycotted them. Go back and listen to the sound bites from June 2009. They're full of announcements like, "We will not participate in the destruction of the health care industry," and other ominous nonsense.

    And, when Pelosi told them that they had to vote for it to find out what was in it, it was the Republican self-imposed boycott that she was mocking.

    June 7, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. BinFL

    @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

    ___________________________________
    So funny how you completely ignore what it was at the end of Bush's term. You people sure know how to cherry pick.

    June 7, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Facts from the government report:

    Number of unemployed persons, at 11.8 million – UNCHANGED

    Unemployment rates for adult men (7.2 percent),adult women (6.5 percent), teenagers (24.5 percent), whites (6.7 percent), blacks (13.5 percent), and Hispanics (9.1 percent) – UNCHANGED

    Number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 4.4 million – UNCHANGED

    Labor force participation rate was 63.4 percent – UNCHANGED

    Involuntary part-time worker was at 7.9 million – UNCHANGED

    Persons who were marginally attached to the labor force was at 2.2 million – UNCHANGED

    Democrats blaming Bush – UNCHANGED.

    Good times, big-government lovers. Live it up.

    June 7, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. impact0900

    Yes Priebus, so why don't you and your corporate owned little party stop doing everything in your power to obstruct any real attempt to improve the economic situation in this country? We can't continue to reward corporations through our tax code, for shipping jobs overseas and expect their to be any improvements here.

    June 7, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. just askin

    Data Driven
    So can we liberals, against it from the beginning, count on you conservatives to join us in demanding that the Patriot Act be dismantled, brick by brick?
    -–

    the law if used corectly, and as it was intended to be used, is fine. the problem lies in the corrupt and criminal people within the obama administration and their disregard for laws and their intent. it appears their strategy is to abuse the laws to the maximum until every calls for their removal. the solution is to get rid of the leftist obama adminstration and treasonous criminals like eric holder.

    June 7, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "And, when Pelosi told them that they had to vote for it to find out what was in it, it was the Republican self-imposed boycott that she was mocking."
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    You're either very creative at putting polish on turds or an exceptional liar. I've got to admit this is the first time I've heard Pelosi's comment characterized this way. Sheeeeesh.

    June 7, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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