September 4th, 2009
10:17 AM ET
13 years ago

Republicans quick to react to latest jobs report

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="RNC Chairman Michael Steele issued a harsh critique of the latest jobs report."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans are quickly reacting to the release of August jobless report.

The Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment level rose from 9.7 percent, up from 9.4 percent in July. That's the highest rate in 26 years. 216,000 jobs were lost in August, the smallest monthly job loss since August of last year.

The Republican National Committee released a statement just a half hour after the release of the unemployment report, taking on Vice President Joe Biden.

Thursday Biden highlighted the role of the administration's $787 billion stimulus package in sparking an economic recovery, saying "there is a growing consensus: the recovery act is working," he said.

The vice president told an audience at the Brookings Institute in Washington that "instead of talking about the beginning of a depression, we are talking about the end of a recession."

In response, RNC Chairman Michael Steele says, "Yesterday Vice President Biden gave yet another speech to try to convince the American people that President Obama's stimulus bill is creating the jobs he promised."

"Today's unemployment report proves that this Administration is ignoring reality. The unemployment rate jumped to 9.7 percent. More than 216,000 Americans lost their jobs in the month of August alone. That means more than 3 million Americans have lost their jobs since the president took office. The president's economic experiment simply isn't working, and Americans shouldn't expect his government-run health care experiment to work, either," added Steele, in a statement released by the RNC.

Vice President Biden is expected to comment on the August numbers later today.

So, who's to blame for the economy? A national poll released Thursday indicates that Americans are beginning to blame the Democrats more and the Republicans less. Forty-one percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey say the Republicans are more responsible. That's down 12 points from May. Twenty-seven percent blame the Democrats more, up six points from May.

"Many Americans still seem to recognize that the current economic woes date back to the Bush administration," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "But as time passes, growing numbers of Americans may start to ask the Democrats a common question in American politics: what have you done for me lately?"

Do Americans back President Barack Obama's economic plans? Fifty-two percent of those polled say yes, but that's down 13 points from March. Four in ten say Obama's plans are improving the economy, with about a third saying they're making things worse and one in four saying they have had no effect so far.

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  1. The Teester

    Hey Michael Steele, Did you ask Rush if it is oakay and get his approval? We don't want you dragging wagging your head to him again now do we?

    September 4, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Bea Schuller

    The economy is working exactly like Obama dn Biden want it to: more Americans all on the dole from the fed government, so the fed government can control them.

    September 4, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Wake Up

    All Libs: The states with the lowest unemployment rate and best conditions are those with low taxes (more conservative states). The ones worst off are the most liberal:
    California (bankrupt), Illinois (hundreds of billions in debt...high taxes) NJ, Mass., ...see a trend? Less government is best! Do read history.

    September 4, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Always Remember...Republican Zealots got us here

    Never forget

    Republican Zealots got us into this mess......the whole mess

    Doesnt matter who got elected after Bush/Cheney....

    Never Forget.....Republican Zealots got us into this mess...

    September 4, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Glad to see that folks are catching on to the fact that the states are not utilizing their stimulus money. They are playing politics with the unemployment rate of their states, which in turn impacts the nations' unemployment rate. You cannot improve something if NO work is being done to improve it.

    So, Erkle Steele needs to sit back down, and shut the hell up AGAIN. Jindhal, Sanford, Palin they all said NO to this money. God knows how many other governors that we don't know about are playing tiddlelywinks with their states' welfare. Erkle Steele, if he wants to be of any use, needs to apply pressure on some of these governors to put their stimuls money to work. Maybe then we will see a quicker stoppage/reduction of the national unemployment rate.

    September 4, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Randolph Carter, the finger chompin' Obamatron

    Does that figure include the 1% of our population that is behind bars? Hey, at least we're still #1 in the world in one area: our incarceration rate. Have a nice day!

    September 4, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging

    Is this guy relevant?! seriously....

    September 4, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Penney Lansing

    So this is recovery to Biden/Obama: More Americans out of work with no jobs growth forecast? What the devil does Biden/Obama call improved economy? Some BANKS making even more profit? Sale of clunkers with taxpayers paying the debt?

    September 4, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Obama Victim

    Chairman Steele need say nothing.....the numbers speak for themselves

    September 4, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. kgeukes Michigan

    I have to tell you folks....polls really don't matter because they do not reflect the true opinion of most of us in the US...They (CNN, MSNBC< Fox, and most media) want you to believe that they matter, but if they don't talk to 99.8% of the American people then who are they really talking to???? A select group of people who don't really matter...but they want you to think they do. And as far as the jobs report goes, it's still a hell of a lot less people than the previous recession...Micheal Steelehead just wants you to think it's the most we've ever had. The stimulus IS working because people in MI ARE going back to work!!!!

    September 4, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Fred the Moderate

    Maybe Michael Steele forgot they – the GOP put us in this mess in the first place! He also avoids the fact that not even one half the stimulis money has been let yet.

    Odd have obviscation and lies continue to be the cornerstone of the GOP,.

    Real family values you can depend one ?

    September 4, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Sheryl

    I now I am going to say something that is on every elses tongue, WHAT is Steele offering Americans to help this situation ?

    President Obama is not a miracle worker and been honest and opened about EVERYTHING on our plates. That is a lot more than the Previous Administration did for us....everything goign on now is about Greed and people only wanting to save themselves...not one of Steele and his supporters have anythign postive to say.

    September 4, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    Steele needs to check out the Baptist minister from Ariz and see if he cant help this eveil minded person. Steele you could also go join your tea baggers group, cause your Sarah is going to join the group. I am sure Rush will help out too.

    September 4, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Jay

    I would like to say that the media is our worst enemy now. The reason no jobs and health care is going to benefit the Republicans states is the fact that Republicans want Obama to fail and by that they are telling their big dogs to hold the money, don't pass out jobs and wait until he crashes. People if you are so stupid to let the Republicans do your state like that then you should do to the bottom of the barrel and not surface.

    If you like the way the Republicans are holding your state hostage then sit back and do nothing but if you want relief then you speak up and not let them put you in a hole. Michael Steele don't have a clue what he is doing except talking out his mouth.

    September 4, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. single mom

    What happened to the millions of jobs Obama said he would create by the end of summer?
    The first day of Fall is less than three weeks away.

    And stop with the propaganda in the schools. You've got the teachers' union in your hip pocket already, plus 95% of the post-high school education faculties.

    September 4, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Dance

    I wonder what would have the jobless claims been if McCain Palin and those Rethugs would have been in charge. Thank you Lord for saving us! It's not this adminstrative fault for the situations we are in.. It took 8 years to get into this mess and it's not going to clear up in 12 months.... I think my 5 year old would understand this concept.

    September 4, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Decrease in the rate of unemployement as a result of the recession that started in what was that date again, can not quit recall was it December 2007, or was it December 2006. Well, no matter any way President Obama did not take office until January 2009. So as the RNC likes to point out all the time when the shoes on the other foot, he is dealing with something that started and became well entrenched during the last adminstration, and to date he has done an out standing job on preventing the economy from a total melt down.

    September 4, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Roger

    can you imagine if this clown was in charge of anything other than the GOP......since republicans seem to do as they are told & rarely think for themselves Steele's job is easy....

    September 4, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Interesting that the GOPers are all for faulting Bill Clinton for the 9/11 attack by stating that GWBush was only in office for 9 months when the attack occurred, and are more than happy to blame President Obama for the economy 1 day after his inauguration.

    Double standard or wishful thinking?

    In actuality, Bush is responsible for both. Too busy attacking the bogeyman terrorists, Bush lost perspective of the economic toll which was placed on our economy while he fought his bogus wars.

    Kept us safe? I think not.

    September 4, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. hjs3

    I think RNC Chairman Steele is a little confused in terms of how we got HERE in the first place....Small detail...I'm sure.

    September 4, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Mark S.

    Just more knee jerk name calling and hyper partisan hysteria from the same shameless people who caused the problem to begin with. Keep up Steele.

    September 4, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. a health economist


    If you do not know what that means you do not even have a basic understanding of macro economics and will have a difficult time contributing to a discusion about the economy. If you do know what that means than you know what that means then you know Steele doesn't have a basic understanding of macro economics.

    September 4, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Henry 1011

    Does Michael Steel understand the word lagging or does he think that the public are stupid? The fact that job lost was low in August indicate that some jobs are begining hire. This is consistent with the Vice President's speech. Mr. Steel should focus on pulling the GOP up and not distract the President.

    September 4, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Dont blame me

    The interesting thing is that only 7% of that 787 Billion dollars has been spent. The balance isn't due to kick in until 2010 2011 and BEYOND.

    If Obama had REALLY wanted to help the American people ( but that was NOT his goal ) more money would have been spent EARLY in 2009.

    September 4, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Chipster

    Again, I ask: where were they for the past 8 years when the budget deficit exploded and the national debt nearly doubled? Where were they when the economic disaster of the past 8 years caused so many businesses to go belly-up? Cuts in college tuition loans have been devastating. Students either can't afford to go or must get loans that can cost upward of 20% to repay!

    Suddenly, they notice the results and expect it to turn around in a matter of months? Give me a break, they rubber stamped every disastrous policy for 8 years and are fighting every attempt to turn it around.

    Thanks Republicans, but NO THANKS!

    September 4, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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