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. M.A.P.

    All these conservatives love to use the line "Obama's failed policies". Well yes, they failed because YOU MADE THEM FAIL! The republicans have openly stated the only thing they are striving to achieve is the failure of Obama's presidency. How patriotic is that? They don't care about their constituents, only their own political careers! It is the epitome of bad politics and it stinks!

    June 7, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Anonymous

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

    Sayeth Bush's head cheerleader.

    June 7, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. it must be said

    It is clear that the $1 TRILLION stimulus package was not enough. We need to borrow and spend at least $4 TRILLION on all those shovel ready union jobs that are just waiting to save the economy. What we need is to do is repave every road in the country, tear down every bridge and rebuild it, build 100 new airports and 4,000 new government buildings. Once we do that the economy will be golden.

    liberals and Democrats, please contact the Chinese to up the credit limit on our credit card another $4 TRILLION. If they give you any push back, tell them or kids, grandkids, great grand kids and great great grand kids are good for it.

    June 7, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. 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***

    We are still waiting for the GOP to put out a JOBS BILL after they took over congress in 2010; and that's 3yrs ago....until then, they should be glad that more MORE JOBS has been created under President Obama 2times over than under GW Bush!!!

    ***FACT***

    June 7, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "how old are the Republican strategists really?"

    We'll have to ask them after their naptime is over.

    June 7, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. just sayin

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

    hate americans? not me. i do hate what far so many americans have become. too many government benefit cheats, disability cheats, welfare cheats, unemployment cheats, gamers of the system that takes more and more of my family's money to keep these frauds and cheats warm, comfy and well fed and now with free healthcare.

    June 7, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Pam from Iowa

    We are still waiting for all those jobs you promised Mr Speaker of the House Boehner!

    June 7, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. sonkarlay

    What have u guys done about jobs except ur abortion bills and can
    Tax cut that got us in this mess , if it wasn't for ur ostracism we will b better by now

    June 7, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Why is it ONLY under this administration (and especially this president), that ADDING jobs is being considered a bad thing?

    June 7, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Donna

    M.A.P.
    All these conservatives love to use the line "Obama's failed policies". Well yes, they failed because YOU MADE THEM FAIL!
    -–

    But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.

    June 7, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    UNCHANGED.

    Good times, big-government lovers. Live it up.
    -------------–
    Big Goverment Lovers? The right wing loves to project this lie. The number of federal employees nearly doubled under George W. Bush. Bush created a second defense department, Department of Homeland Security. The federal work force has reduced by tens of thousands under Pres. Obama.

    The right wing complains about big government, when in fact they actually love it.

    June 7, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Colorado

    HEY YOU REPUBS, WHERE ARE THE JOBS JOBS JOBS YOU PROMISED!?!

    Talk about not good enough.

    June 7, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    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.
    -----------
    She was responding to a question from Major Garrett, of Fox News Channel. He asked her to comment about Republican complaints that they do not know what was in the bill. It's all on tape. Go back and listen to it. She was responding to feigned ignorance with cutting sarcasm.

    June 7, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Donna asked:

    But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.
    -------------------
    Good question. Republican governers used their Stimulus funds to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses.

    June 7, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    It might interest Rinse to know my plan is to vote for another "socialist" in 2016. Under the socialist regime of President Obama, my stocks have flourished, my dream of owning a business is – reality and my bank account is worth looking at (again), so IF we're truly living under the guise of socialism, may I please have some more?

    June 7, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Anonymous

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

    Sayeth Bush's head cheerleader.
    --------
    Here's today's winner of the Peewee Herman school of advanced "I know you are but what am I" studies award.

    June 7, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Donna asked:

    But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.
    -------
    Good question. Republican governers used their Stimulus funds to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses.
    -------
    Well, that really didn't happen... but wasn't Biden in charge of oversight of porkulus spending? Sounds like you're accusing him of doing a crappy job.

    June 7, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. just sayin

    Rudy NYC

    Donna asked:

    But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.
    -------
    Good question. Republican governers used their Stimulus funds to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses.
    --–

    bwahahahahaha!!!! right, because the law was so poorly written that one trillion dollars in cash was just handed to governors to do whatever they wanted with the money??? geez, rudy.... i see your still polishing turds and throwing them out there as fact and lying in here as usual. some things will never change.

    June 7, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    it must be said

    It is clear that the $1 TRILLION stimulus package was not enough. We need to borrow and spend at least $4 TRILLION on all those shovel ready union jobs that are just waiting to save the economy. What we need is to do is repave every road in the country, tear down every bridge and rebuild it, build 100 new airports and 4,000 new government buildings. Once we do that the economy will be golden.

    liberals and Democrats, please contact the Chinese to up the credit limit on our credit card another $4 TRILLION. If they give you any push back, tell them or kids, grandkids, great grand kids and great great grand kids are good for it.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    My husband travels across Tampa Bay twice a day on a bridge ( Interstate 275) that's already well past it's fifty year life expectancy and not scheduled to be replaced until sometime between 2020 & 2025. Should anything happen while he's crossing that bridge, I'm prepared to sue EVERY transportation agency in the State and at the Federal level, and I'm pretty certain that anyone else who had loved ones suffering casualties would do the same. That will cost BILLIONS on top of the $$$ that will be required to replace the bridge. It's cheaper to rebuild BEFORE a tragedy.

    June 7, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Name willard

    I'm really complain against presdient obama about 2008 why people got fraud check scam from afrcian amercian cause people was vote support for obama 2008 but fraud check scam are avoid from afrcian amercian

    June 7, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    Good question. Republican governers used their Stimulus funds to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Don't forget – they also used the $$$ to balance shortfalls in their state budgets and then went on to pat themselves on the back for balancing their budgets.

    June 7, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. rs

    But Obama GOT his trillion dollar stimulus package?!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS??? His bogus claims are now becoming painfully clear. All that stimulus package was was a gift to his union supporters.
    _____________________________________________________
    The stimulus did work and made more jobs than during the Bush administration PRIOR to the Bush Recession.

    June 7, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    sonkarlay

    What have u guys done about jobs except ur abortion bills and can

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Now come on, you know they did more than that. Why, just the other day they voted to defund ACORN even though, that organization ceased to exist in 2009.

    June 7, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. rs

    i suspect today's board demostrates why the GOP is busy cobling together their "Obama controversies". They have done absolutely zip for America since they crashed the economy- except behave in an unpatriotic fashion whenever there is any sort of positive economic news. I suspect they don't want their minions to actually see that when it comes to America and Americans- they do NOTHING and have nothing to crow about.

    June 7, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. redonis53

    Not good enough!! Really, are these guys claiming that they can do better??? RED STATES are the most backward impoverished states in the union. GOOGLE it!!

    June 7, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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