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

    America just needs to continue to lower its standards , then it will be all right

    July 5, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Data Driven

    @Ohio Dave,

    "Google "Soviet Union". They tried the central planning thing. It didn't work out very well. Though, they are still trying it in Cuba."

    Correct, Dave. This isn't the USSR or Cuba, it's America, that was my point. So what are you complaining about? Employers here have the liberty to give you a part-time job, and that's that. How is that Obama's fault?

    July 5, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama has been in office what nearly 5 and one half years now. Didn't he say the unemployment figures would be at 6.7 percent by the end of his first term? Why do you and a lot of others expect the President to give you a job? If Obama could gave you a job, and millions of others why are the figures unchanged, and probably much worse than the Official percent.

    The Liberal's and Democrats sold you a bunch of Hooey and you bought it. Don't expect the unemployment to change much until Obama is out of office. The best laid plans will never replace dumb luck. Sans Obama Care.

    July 5, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Thomas

    Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough .

    Brought to you by the people who almost destroyed the economy !

    GW Bush will go down in history as a job creator ?

    July 5, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Ray E. – What, no folksy country bumpkin-speak today? How has the GOP contributed to the economic success this President has had thus far?

    July 5, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. plain&simple

    Jobs,jobs,jobs!!! 2010's republican mantra. They keep saying the same thing while doing nothing. The Speaker is no leader. Every republican is afraid of their own shadow and it's Obama who is to blame because he didn't take them to dinner early enough in his presidency! Yep republicans you're sure the party of the future!!!

    July 5, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. steve

    Had the house passed recommendations from the WH this country would have been much better off. The bottom line is the Republicans would prefer the president fail then pass anything that would help the citizens of this country.

    July 5, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. just me

    If the pubs are truly disappointed in job growth, the answer is simple. Pass one, just one jobs bill without any poison pills included. Or is that too Pro American to do while a democrat sits in the White House? Kudos to the POTUS and the dems for doing this much on their own

    July 5, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. joe

    who cares what the GOP says. i'm not impressed with their record in congress and their repeated efforts to undermine everything our president tries to do to help our country. really, what have they done? nothing !!!

    July 5, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Ed

    Hey Ray from Ga – how was the rate when Bush left office? Keep thining Repubs are any better fool

    July 5, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. S.B. Stein

    I would hope that the GOP in Congress would work with Obama about getting more roads and bridges brought up to a higher standard since there are many that are in various levels of disrepair and being obsolete. We need to also advance the power grid to be able to handle the renewables (storage during peak production & distributing it when it comes out) and more advanced fission power plants while we research better renewables and fusion power (like the sun).

    July 5, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Leftcoastrocky

    The jobs report would be much better if we ended the sequester, which is just acting as a head wind on the economy.

    July 5, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. OK

    In other news...the sun rose this morning

    July 5, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Borderless

    Does anyone remember Sadam Hussein's minister of information claiming on television that there were no American forces in Iraq as American tanks were practically rolling along right behind him? Ya, the Republicans have become like that on the economy improving.

    July 5, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Hammerer

    Just a reminder, these jobs reports are a number generated by the Labor Dept. The Labor Dept is a government agency filled with politicians appointed by the administration. If they are true to form with the departments in the news of today chances are that the numbers are cooked to fit the needs of the ruling party.
    Corruption knows no bounds has no morals

    July 5, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    You know, I'd listen to Rince 'n' Repubs if their own economic policies of deregulation, trickle-down economics and tax cuts for the rich had a track record of success.


    Even the architect of trickle-down, David Stockman, now admits it is a failure. The path of our economic mess leads directly to GW Bush who cut taxes during wartime (never done before in our nation's history, NEVER) and waged two unfunded wars and passed unfunded Medicare Part D).

    And just where are all those jobs Repubs promised would follow in the wake of tax cuts for the rich? Oh, our bad, we forgot to specify we wanted the jobs created HERE IN THE U.S., not overseas. The deregulation of the financial industry under Bush ... 2008 ring any bells?

    So, Rinse 'n' Repubs, you can take your criticism of the jobs report and stuff it where the sun don't shine. Sure, it'd be great if the economy grew faster – BUT AT LEAST IT'S GROWING!

    July 5, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    to Ed
    "Hey Ray from Ga – how was the rate when Bush left office?"

    You know, they can't remember past last night's episode of Bill O'Reilly. So I'll help em.

    We were LOOSING around 800,000 jobs per MONTH!
    GDP was in the NEGATIVE 6% range.
    The stock markets were around half where the are now.

    Our country had an awesome turnaround for Obama's first year. Actually, until the repubs got the 41st vote in the Senate (after Ted Kennedy died) and put the brakes on.

    The repubs wanted no Stimulus, just European-Style Austerity
    How's that working for Europe? They are at RECORD HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT.

    That's what repubs want for the USA, while Obama is in office. Obama and his "dumb luck".

    July 5, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. California Gary

    The GOP will continue to try and diminish any "good news" when it comes to the economy because they have worked so hard to try to prevent any progress. It is very frustrating for them that the economy continues to improve in spite of their efforts to the contrary. Do they really want to return to the policies that created hundreds of thousands of job losses on a monthly basis? Really????

    July 5, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Data Driven


    Since conservatives don't like answering questions about data, I'll reply for Ray. The unemployment rate in January 2009 when Obama assumed the Oval Office was 7.8%, As the Great Recession had its cascading effect across the country, the rate rose to 10% by October 2009. But the slow dropping commenced after that, mostly due to the derided stimulus package passed earlier in the year. One of the few things Obama was able to get passed demonstrably worked, and started working almost immediately after passage. Imagine how much more efficacious the stimulus would've been if the GOP hadn't negotiated useless tax cuts that comprised over 40% of that package, cuts that contributed nothing to getting people back to work.

    Obama's record speaks for itself. Everyone has opinions, but numbers don't lie.

    July 5, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. rs

    Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama has been in office what nearly 5 and one half years now. Didn't he say the unemployment figures would be at 6.7 percent by the end of his first term? Why do you and a lot of others expect the President to give you a job? If Obama could gave you a job, and millions of others why are the figures unchanged, and probably much worse than the Official percent.

    The Liberal's and Democrats sold you a bunch of Hooey and you bought it. Don't expect the unemployment to change much until Obama is out of office. The best laid plans will never replace dumb luck. Sans Obama Care.
    Until such time as the Republicans and the Right ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING to help make the economy better, they have no say in this discussion. Sorry that you thought Obama could do this on his own, and hence his determination that unemployment would be lower. Who could predict the RIGHT would actually work against America?

    The fact that anything is better might more be a minor miracle than anything else.

    July 5, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Tony

    If unemployment goes down 0.1% every time Republicans said that job reports are not good enough, we will be at full employment right now.

    July 5, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Ron L

    What amazes me about the Republicans always making noise about the jobs report being insufficient is they have done NOTHING in attempting to improve it!!! All of you who want to blame the President are sadly mistaken. For the last 20-30 years the Congress has always agreed of infrastructure projects and now all of a sudden they can't. In the history of the United States EVERY dollar spent on infrastructure has return $2.00 to $3.00 to the economy regardless of who is the President. That is because those $15.00 to $20.00 an hour jobs invigorate the economy. America has 5 Trillion dollars worth the work that needs to be done on roads, bridges, sewers, and electric grid and yet because of PURE POLITICS it is not being addressed. Many of you, who enjoy attempting to blame the economy on the President seem to forget the Republicans were ready to let GM and Chrysler go bankrupt!! You are an IDIOT if you think they would have survived, and if it HAD occurred the impact on the economy would have been devastating. I am not saying that the President has done a perfect job in the area of the economy but the Republicans for the most part have just been on the side line criticizing instead of proactively engaging in the process. If you want the economy to improve we need more middle class jobs and the only way that is going to happen is when Congress decides to focus on the countries needs and not political gamesmanship. Unfortunately, with the 2014 election season beginning soon you can forget about much changing after the fall of this year.

    July 5, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. rs

    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.
    Yeah, imaging how much better things will be when the number of people with no health insurance (and no way to pay for it) rises from 46% to somewhere north of 60%. Why then, only the rich will be able to afford to be healthy and live long- won't that be great?!


    July 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Angel916

    Hey ray they invented a thing called television, internet, google. If you want too go back into the archives and check the country and the economy about 6 years ago when a republican was in office.... oh let me guess that did not happen and the liberal media was out to destroy president Chenney.... oops Bush. Name one thing the republican party has done to make the economy grow.... please name one just one. We tried the republican way so do us a favor have a seat in the back of the class and let the adults take care of business cause god knows the republican way did not work before.

    July 5, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. rs

    The Liberal's and Democrats sold you a bunch of Hooey and you bought it. Don't expect the unemployment to change much until Obama is out of office.
    I think I have you figurd out You're confused. It's trickle down that has been the biggest disppointment- I mean after all it's been since Reagn Republican were saying "if we only give the rich back more of their money, jobs would rain like pennies from heaven" and "deficits don't matter". Know what? we figured out what that "rain" really was.
    Want to wreck an economy- call the GOP.

    July 5, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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