Washington (CNN) – A few days after President Barack Obama announced his proposed "grand bargain" to spur economic growth, Republicans remain unimpressed with the United States economy, reacting harshly to the new jobs report for July.
According to the Labor Department, the economy added 162,000 jobs last month, lowering the unemployment rate from 7.6% in June to 7.4% in July. The numbers are less than the 180,000 jobs that economists had originally anticipated for the month.
Republicans were quick to point out the juxtaposition of the lax jobs numbers and Obama's renewed economic focus.
"President Obama spent July giving speeches on the economy, recycling the same old rhetoric, and attacking Republicans," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement reacting to the jobs results.
In particular, Priebus blamed the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, for preventing growth.
"Obamacare is making it more difficult for people to find full-time work. It's creating a part-time economy," Priebus said.
"The news is filled with stories of small businesses and colleges cutting back workers' hours or putting a freeze on hiring."
Congressional Republicans have vowed to spend the next two months dismantling Obamacare, pushing a plan that would fund the rest of the government while withholding all funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act when passing a federal spending bill.
Obama administration officials have pushed back against Republican claims of Obamacare's 'job-killing' impacts. The president has kicked off a series of speaking events promoting economic growth, vowing to spend the rest of his presidency working on the economy.
The Obama administration reacted to the jobs report far more optimistically, while still acknowledging there is more to be done.
"It's clear the economy is gradually getting better. But we'd like to speed up the pace of the improvement," Alan B. Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, told CNN's Carol Costello.
Krueger has called on a continuing focus on the economy and job creation. Which is why the president will keep giving speeches. "He's going to continue to lay out his plans for investing more in infrastructure and for supporting American manufacturing," Krueger said.
"You'll see him continue to lay out his agenda for expanding the middle class."
House Speaker John Boehner took the jobs report as a chance to tout Republicans' own plan for economic growth, lambasting what Obama and the Democrats have failed to accomplish. "Three years after the Obama administration proclaimed 'welcome to the recovery,' we're still seeing the same thing month after month: not enough new jobs and an unemployment rate far higher than promised," Boehner said in a statement.
"Nearly five years of aggressive intervention by Washington – the 'stimulus' era of excessive spending, excessive red tape, and abuse by agencies like the IRS – has left our economy treading water with slow growth, high unemployment, and stagnant wages."