Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough
July 5th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
10 months ago

Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough

Washington (CNN) – Both the White House and Republicans are weighing in on the new unemployment report. And as expected, their reactions were completely different.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better than expected jobs report Friday, with 195,000 jobs added to the economy while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.

In a statement from the White House, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers called the report continued evidence that the economy is recovering from the recession that began in 2007. "The economy has now added private sector jobs for 40 consecutive months, and a total of 7.2 million jobs has been added over that period," said Alan B. Krueger.

But Krueger pointed out that more work remains to be done. "It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class," he said. "We continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession."

The jobs report showed several other positive signs, with revised numbers from May and April both ticking up. April was originally noted to add 149,000 jobs while the revisions peg the number at 199,000. May went up from an original estimate of 175,000 jobs added to 195,000 jobs in the revised estimate.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was one of the first to weigh in on the report, expressing a measured optimism in the jobs numbers while quickly using it as a chance to lambast President Barack Obama's economic policies that he said simply aren't enough.

"America must do better. But that requires President Obama to get his priorities in order. Does he care about real job creation or not?" Priebus said in a statement. "The implementation of Obamacare isn't going to provide relief. His job-killing carbon regulations won't create jobs. And it certainly doesn't help young Americans that Democrats recently let student loan rates double."

Other Republicans also quickly used the report to criticize the Obama administration's newly announced policy to curb climate change, which they argue will unnecessarily harm business.

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House Speaker John Boehner blamed Obama and Democrats for Congress's inaction that allowed college interest rates to double earlier this week. "Economic growth is still tepid, the unemployment rate is far too high, and the president continues to promote policies that undermine robust job creation," Boehner said in a statement.

"Just look at the last few weeks: the president admits that his health care law is a drag on businesses," Boehner said in reference to the administration's decision to delay reporting requirements in the Affordable Care Act for businesses to provide their employees with health insurance.

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In closing, Boehner took one last shot at laying the economic blame squarely at Obama's feet. "Imagine how many jobs would be created if the president stopped trying to expand government," he said, "and started working with Republicans on policies that create sustained economic growth and expand opportunity for all Americans."


Filed under: Alan Krueger • Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • Reince Priebus
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    Of course they would say that thats their sole occupation-to oppose & block.
    This neocon mindset dominated Congress is the worst in our history.

    July 5, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Bob

    The Repugs would be happy to see another Great Dression so they could try to blame i ont President Obama.

    What a sickening bunch of tools.

    July 5, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Tom

    Blah, blah, blah. This story wasn't worth the energy it took to read (or write} it. The U.S. economy could have added a billion jobs last quarter and Republicans would complain about it.

    July 5, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Data Driven

    Obama's first June after reelection: 195,000 jobs
    Bush's first June after reelection: 146,000 jobs

    Reince Priebus: "America must do better. But that requires President Obama to get his priorities in order. Does he care about real job creation or not?"

    America must always do better, Reince. But, given the evidence, Obama cares more about real job creation than Mr. Bush did. SCOREBOARD, dude.

    July 5, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. redonis53

    So Republicans have the answer??? Folks, google "poorest states"...they all look red to me...

    July 5, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Jack

    Why don't zip your zip lip and clean up your party!

    July 5, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. rs

    Mighty funny words for the anti-birth control and ultrasound party.

    For an example of "useless", I present you Rience Pribus, and the GOP.

    July 5, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. $$$$

    The economy needs to create 150,000 jobs per month just keep up with the growth in population. The recession in ended in June 2009. The job growth since then has been uneven and anemic. By any measure, we are barely keeping up with the growth in population.

    July 5, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Ohio Dave

    Obama told us the sequester cuts were supposed to kill job growth. I guess not, huh?

    July 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Donkey Party

    So, the GOP's answer to speeding up the economic recovery, is to embrace their policies (corporate and high-income welfare), which contributed heavily to the recession in the first place. It's no secret the GOP's base has a collective IQ in the single digits, but do they really think the rest of America is that stupid?

    July 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. rs

    The economy needs to create 150,000 jobs per month just keep up with the growth in population. The recession in ended in June 2009. The job growth since then has been uneven and anemic. By any measure, we are barely keeping up with the growth in population.
    _________
    Not all that bad given that the GOP has done NOTHING to help fix the problem though, don't you think?

    July 5, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. rs

    Ohio Dave

    Obama told us the sequester cuts were supposed to kill job growth. I guess not, huh?
    _______________________
    So, does the fact that the American economy continues to heal dissappoint you then?

    July 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. PaulCat

    You people always complain about the republicans. What you need to do is "stop voting for them" into office. You get what you vote for.

    July 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. ST

    Republicans with their know-nothing leader Reince Priebus should not fool anyone. How can they come out and claim the jobs created are not enough while they haven't created not a single job, since elected. With them it is all about feeding their own stomachs. In 2010 they campaigned and begged people to send them to Washington to create jobs. Once they reached there, everything they campaigned for were trashed in a dust-bin. Wake up people. Republicans have betrayed you and crashed your trust on them. Next time come another election, don't be fooled again.

    July 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Mike

    Of course the White House is happy with the numbers, unless one cares if they were full time or part time.

    Part Time jobs increased by 360k while full time decreased by 240k.

    July 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Donkey Party

    Ohio Dave – imagine where the numbers would be without the sequester, or for that matter, where the numbers would be without GOP obstructionism.

    July 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Ohio Dave

    Donkey Party
    Ohio Dave – imagine where the numbers would be without the sequester, or for that matter, where the numbers would be without GOP obstructionism.
    --------
    Better yet, imagine where the economy would be without the threat of Obama Care hanging over employers heads. It is so bad that they have had to delay the implementation of that abortion for a year.

    July 5, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Ohio Dave

    Mike
    Of course the White House is happy with the numbers, unless one cares if they were full time or part time.

    Part Time jobs increased by 360k while full time decreased by 240k.
    ---------------------
    Bingo!!!
    You can attribute that directly to Obama Care.

    July 5, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Data Driven

    @Mike,

    Welcome to the era of automation and free trade agreements. Meaning, welcome to era of mostly part-time service jobs. Currently, the government can't force employers to make all jobs 36+ hours a week. Capitalism owes us nothing.

    We could embark on a New Deal-style public-works jobs program, but I guess that would be socialism. Basically, take your complaint to employers who are getting the same production levels and profits with less workers - justifiably scared, needing-to-settle-for-anything workers.

    July 5, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. sonkarlay

    How many jobs bills ever come from the republican control house? Zero but abortion bills, repeal of obama care, they need to shut the hell up and keep doing nothing asual

    July 5, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Donkey Party

    Ohio Dave – This will be the last time I address you directly. If all you can do is post Fox News talking points / propaganda, don't bother responding to comments from people who actually use their heads.

    July 5, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Ohio Dave

    Welcome to the era of automation and free trade agreements. Meaning, welcome to era of mostly part-time service jobs. Currently, the government can't force employers to make all jobs 36+ hours a week. Capitalism owes us nothing.
    ---------------–
    Google "Soviet Union". They tried the central planning thing. It didn't work out very well. Though, they are still trying it in Cuba.

    July 5, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Jen

    It's no ones fault but the Republican Congress. They are the ones who refused to work with the President to stop the sequester. Do they think the American People are stupid?

    July 5, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP garbage of America party is the only drag on job growth and has been for his whole term. The GOP has been. Working to undermine job growth since Obama got elected in 2009 , time to take the house and senate back for dems in2014 and move the economy forward without GOP obstruction. What has the GOP done since Obama got elected ??????? Answer. Nothing!!!!!

    July 5, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Too bad they do little but talk.

    They allow the dictator to run rough shod over the people of America, to censor all media, and to prevent the public from seeing any truth.

    July 5, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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