Republicans slam President over jobs report
February 7th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
8 months ago

Republicans slam President over jobs report

Washington (CNN) – Republican leaders were quick to criticize President Barack Obama over the January jobs report.

"The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers.  Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner in a statement released a few minutes after the Labor Department announced the January jobs figures.

According to the report, 113,000 Jobs were added in January. That's much less than the 178,000 jobs expected by economists surveyed by CNNMoney.com. But the overall unemployment level edged down from 6.7% in December to 6.6% last month. The unemployment rate has improved substantially since it peaked at 10% in 2009.

But much of the decline in unemployment level has come for a discouraging reason: some Americans are dropping out of the labor force. As of January, only 63% of Americans over age 16 participated in the labor market - meaning they either had a job or looked for one. This matches the lowest level since 1978.

"Today's jobs report underscores that there remains a real crisis for the chronically unemployed in this country. It's too hard for many to find good jobs, wages are stagnant, and it's harder to get ahead," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The Republican National Committee used the new jobs report to once again criticize Obamacare.

"America needs a larger, stronger, fully employed workforce, but there's one thing standing in the way. It's ObamaCare, and we can't afford it any longer," said RNC chairman Reince Priebus.

The White House defended their policies but said more action is needed.

"Today's report is another reminder of both the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Businesses have now added 8.5 million jobs over the last 47 months and the unemployment rate ticked down to its lowest level in more than five years. But the economy is still healing from the Great Recession and steps are still needed to expand economic opportunity," said Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement put out by the White House.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: John Boehner • RNC • unemployment
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Over 300,000 baby boomers leave the workforce each month and retire. Why can't Boehner help our country and do the same?

    February 7, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republicans Slam President Over Jobs Report"

    Every month, CNN. Every month since February 2009 Republicans circle their Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! soapbox for a day. After which they conveniently slip off into the night, putting away their soapbox until the next monthly report surfaces. Embarrassing of them, yes. But this particular group of congressionals have no morals, no motivation, no compassion.

    Stale rhetoric ... worth a penny a month ... give or take a penny.

    February 7, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Harold Read

    Why hire if you are going to get hit with ObamaCare fines?

    Why expand and grow your business when Obama's tax policies will take you profits away?

    February 7, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The a CBO report comes out, Boehner, McConnell, and Fox News completely misunderstood the report. I swear, the dumbest people in the country are republicans. If you think they are smart and understood the report, then you admit they are merely liars.

    February 7, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Joi Gibson

    Yes, Mr. Speaker – where are the jobs?

    February 7, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers. Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner. ....
    ---------------------------–
    Republicans said this exact same thing back in 2010 when they unleashed a national campaign to win back the House and the Senate. What jobs did they deliver? None. They blamed Pres. Obama then, and they continue to do so today. Even if they take control of both chambers in 2014, and the White House in 2016, they will still be blaming Pres. Obama in 2018. Nothing has changed, and nothing will ever change. Resistance to change is what conservatism is all about. Resistance is the fabric of what makes a conservative a conservative. "We want to take our country back." <-- Resistance to change.

    If you go back and look at press reports what they said in 2011, then you will that they claimed that they had not campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs." While it may sound like a lie, it is in fact the truth. On or about Sept 30, 2010, House Republican leaders, led by John Boehner, rolled out some sort of pledge, to which they had claimed they were all committed fo fulfulling. The pledge was about social issues, something which Newt Gingrich once called "right wing social engineering." Democrats have been calling it a "War on [you name it]."

    February 7, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. jpmichigan

    The American people are crying out for jobs and the ability to care for their own. This administration, due to it egos, will not see any other answers to increase jobs, other than their own. It is very sad!!! This administration instead of providing FULL time jobs , rather have more Americans depended on the government. Hopefully the 2014 elections will stop the Democrats.

    February 7, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Anonymous

    What about the jobs bill sitting in the house: infrastructure, roads bridges, etc.?

    February 7, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. bobo

    The people of America have no Faith in Obama to help us...... we need Jobs, Energy independence, less regulation.

    February 7, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Boehner, the President's jobs bill is stalled in the House. Why hasn't it come up for a vote? You ran on the "where are the jobs" crap in 2010. It's not going to work this time around. You House republicans are a bunch of economic terrorists. You're intentionally trying to wreck the economy. That's treasonous and ALL of you need to be thrown out of office.

    February 7, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Stuffitu

    They should do more than just slam this corrupt incopetent. He should be indicted for high crimes and misdemeanors. His regime is destroying this country. You can't give trillions of dollars to the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt labor unions, damn the people who actually work and pay taxes and expect to succeed.

    February 7, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers. Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner
    -------------------------------------------------
    No the hell he didn't say that...AGAIN!
    ROFLMAO!
    This is the same bull they fed you guys in 2010 and you all fell for it, and the rest of us stayed home, and the rest, as they say, is history and we ended up with the clusterf*#ck we have in the House to this very day.
    So, in retrospect I really cannot blame Boehner for recycling and bringing out that big ole lie seeing how well it worked for them in 2010.
    The GOP is counting on voter amnesia.
    They promised us JOBS! JOBS! JOBS! in 2010 and didn't deliver on a single one.
    You all aren't going to fall for it again in 2014 are you?
    ARE YOU??!

    February 7, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers. Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner
    -------------------------------------------------
    The fact that he was able to deliver this line with a straight face proves, once again, that the only thing the GOP has going for itself besides "crazy" is COJONES.
    They have big, huge, brass ones.
    Gotta take my hat off to them.... they really do have some nerve.

    February 7, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Boehner should have been around in 2008, when we lost 8 million jobs. Oh wait, he was.

    February 7, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. don in albuquerque

    The President proposes, and congress disposes. Mr Boehner cannot shirk his responsibility here. The GOTP took over the house on a platform of jobs, jobs, jobs. So far they have done squat, squat, squat.

    February 7, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Darlene

    "Today's jobs report underscores that there remains a real crisis for the chronically unemployed in this country. It's too hard for many to find good jobs, wages are stagnant, and it's harder to get ahead," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

    Yet they won't extend the unemployment for these people. But the Repubilcans won't pass the jobs bill so these people can get back to work. Hypocrites!!

    February 7, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Warren

    The American people continue to ask 'where are the jobs?' and the president clearly has no answers. Republicans do," said House Speaker John Boehner in a statement released a few minutes after the Labor Department announced the January jobs figures.

    So why haven't you produced them?? Isn't that what you ran on? JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!!!!

    February 7, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "Today's jobs report underscores that there remains a real crisis for the chronically unemployed in this country..."

    "...so we filibustered the unemployment insurance extension to assure that they slide into poverty..."

    February 7, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    Que surprise.

    Yeah yeah and the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Nothing new here.

    February 7, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. rs

    Poor, poor Mr. Boehner. It must be tough to wake up in the morning and try to make a go of it based upon the GOP's record of failure:
    *Approaching 500 Senate filibusters to just stall votes, or require a supermajority (60%) passage rate on ALL laws
    *A solid record of doing nothing for America for 5 years in the U.S. House of Representatives
    *Whining about the unemployment rate, while your own party has done nothing to help it
    *Presiding over the anti-American Kock funded TEA Party
    *Actually having to think about holding the American economy hostage (AGAIN!) after getting beat up for doing so 4 months back

    Scandal after scandal Christie (trading FEMA relief for approval of his friends' development plans); Fake-O Democratic web sites by the GOP; the SOTU responder being investigated for election fraud- no doubt it's been a bad month for the "Benghazi" monkeys.

    See guys- THIS is what failure looks like- it's the GOP!

    February 7, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    The President needs to be slammed. He has done nothing to actually reverse the job losses in America. All he has done is put people on the public dole, to prevent the negative impacts on the country, of the true unemployment rate from being obvious. He simply seeks to deceive the people.

    February 7, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Anonymous

    To quote the Speaker himself, "Are you kidding me?" The Tea Party/GOP has no plan and has been totally useless in helping do anything meaningful on jobs or any other major issue. Their only plan is obstruction and opposing anything with the President's name tied to it. Many people who buy into this baloney are the very ones being taken for a ride and suffering from their lack of participation in solutions.

    February 7, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. don in albuquerque

    Benghazzzzzzzzi!!! ObamaCarrrrrrre!!!!

    February 7, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Gunderson

    Well Gee,
    Old Gunderson hate to say I told you so but I told you so. Simple Fix for economic woes. GET RID OF OBAMA CARE ! Extend Bush Tax Cuts for at least 10 more years. Employers are learning how to get along with less employees.

    February 7, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Dennis Freeman

    To quote the Speaker himself, "Are you kidding me?" The Tea Party/GOP has no plan for anything except to obstruct and say "no" to anything with the President's name on it. Many people buying into their baloney are the very ones being hurt by their lack of action. They have had more than ample time to help create jobs.

    February 7, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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