December 4th, 2009
10:14 AM ET
8 years ago

Two very different takes on the jobs report

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Washington (CNN) - The White House calls Friday's unemployment report a hopeful sign of an economic recovery, but warns that "there are many bumps in the road ahead."

The nation's jobless rate dropped to 10 percent in November, the Labor Department reported. The unemployment level stood at 10.2 percent in October, the highest rate in more than a quarter century. The Labor Department also reported that employers cut 11,000 jobs last month, the lowest amount of jobs lost in a month in nearly two years.

"Today's employment report was the most hopeful sign yet that the stabilization of financial markets and the recovery in economic growth may be leading to improvements in the labor market," says Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement on the White House website.

But Romer warns that the unemployment level "remains unacceptably high," and says "the monthly employment and unemployment numbers are volatile and subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, positive or negative. But, it is clear we are moving in the right direction."

The release of the unemployment report comes as President Obama travels to Allentown, Pennsylvania to begin what the administration calls a "White House to Main Street" tour on jobs and the economy. Thursday the president held a jobs forum at the White House.

A very different message this morning from one of the top Republicans in Congress.

"After yet another month of job losses, it's clear that one question President Obama is sure to get on his 'listening tour' is: 'Where are the jobs'?" says House Minority Leader John Boehner, in a statement.

While the Republican from Ohio says the decrease in the unemployment rate is encouraging, he says "anyone who views today's report as cause for celebration is out of touch with the American people, especially when Washington Democrats' policies – whether it's a government takeover of health care, a national energy tax, or 'card check' – are already costing jobs and will pile even more debt on our kids and grandkids."

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Dar

    Most retail stores hire addional people at Christmas time and then dump them after the new year. Watch out for January numbers, it's going to hurt.

    December 4, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Bob Goldsmith

    Could it be possible that joblessness decrease was caused by hiring for the holidays?

    December 4, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I knew Bonehead Boehner was going to add his 2 cents. What is he doing to help create jobs? Oh, I forgot. The republican plan is to obstruct everything on the President's agenda.

    December 4, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Pete

    It's interesting that the GOP's sudden concern for the debt doesn't jibe at all with their zeal for increasing wars and other military spending without coming up with a way to pay for it.

    December 4, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. yawn, the Ohio Rep is old news

    I'm not surprised by the rep from Ohio, nothing interesting or helpful has come from him

    HOWEVER: "there are many bumps in the road ahead." Aren't we in the middle of a sink hole?

    I understand the role of cheerleader and how the market can be changed by positive talk, but while not the same thing it does seem related to "pump and dump"

    December 4, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Dave

    The report is good news, but there certainly is much work to be done. Of course Boehner, in his usual fashion, has to come right out and criticize. Let's be clear here: the current economic problems in this country were fostered under the GOP's watch. Then they turn around and criticize Obama when he is taking steps to fix a problem that he inherited from the incompetent and useless administration that preceded him. It's a pathetic joke and instead of always criticizing, Boehner and his group of idiots should try to offer some rational solutions other than the same old song and dance that got us into this mess in the first place.

    December 4, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. bc

    All I have to say to John Boehner is, "Where were you the previous eight years?" Your cup is always half empty instead of half full. Just plain negative, negative, negative! The American people need hope and not gloom and doom from our politicians!

    December 4, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    I AM SICK OF REPUBLI-CAN'Ts!!!!

    QUOTE: While the Republican from Ohio says the decrease in the unemployment rate is encouraging, he says "anyone who views today's report as cause for celebration is out of touch with the American people..."

    STUPID – No One is celebrating this as a VICTORY – the White House already stated there is no need to rejoice until the numbers get better!! WHY can't the Party of NO for once say something encouraging about the current Administration – knowing they are part of the Administration!! NO, their main goal is to see President Obama FAIL and everything he does is a NEGATIVE in their eyes...even when unemployment goes down to 3% within the next year – negative, Negative, NEGATIVE!!

    IT WILL BACKFIRE and the Party of NO will eventually be KICKED TO THE CURB!!

    December 4, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement on the White House website.... "...But, it is clear we are moving in the right direction."
    ______________________________________________________
    This statement is unsupported by the facts. What is clear to Americans who are desperate to find any job they can get is that 2009 has been an economic disaster. There is no direction by this government. How many times has Biden done his victory lap for the stimulus bill? Is he going to do this again?

    December 4, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. gary

    Boehner is such a moron.The people of Ohio should be ashamed of themselves sending such a corrupt weasel to Washington.He states the dem's policies of health care, energy and card check are affecting the unemployment rate. The past eight years had nothing to do with these numbers.I didnt know health care had passed.I didnt know their energy policy of cap and trade had passed.Boehner is a joke.

    December 4, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. m jeff

    The Republicans only answer to unemployment is to criticize the Democrats.

    December 4, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Tochi

    John Boehner has forgotten his parties policies drove our economy into a ditch.President Obama has the right policies and he shouldn't get distracted by noise from GOP

    December 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. mjm

    "Democrats' policies – whether it's a government takeover of health care, a national energy tax, or 'card check' – are already costing jobs and will pile even more debt on our kids and grandkids.""

    As if Liberals would ever listen. They are so hell bent on pushing their own agenda that they could care less what the long term consequences are for the nation.

    December 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. some guy in New Hampshire

    Politics as usual: we're doing a great job, they're doing a terrible job. That's why party leaders in Congress are almost never reliable sources of accurate information and interpretation of what's going on. We need to reconceive the job of public office as a management stewardship function, not as a platform to wage ideological crusades and triumph over the forces of evil. If you need that kind of excitement in your life, adopt a sports team to root for. Don't screw up the management of public business with ideological zealotry. We've all had 30 years to learn what a mess that makes.

    December 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Elena

    these stories are conflicting. Yesterday 12/3/09 the ADP (the payroll people who pay most of us) stated that 169,000 jobs were lost in November 2009 via the "private sector." So, how is it that this new story is that we only lost 11,000 jobs in November?

    "Washington, DC (AHN) – An unexpected 169000 American workers lost their jobs in November, ADP Employer Services reported Wednesday"

    This is googleable – just put in "169,000 jobs lost in November" and all the links to this will come up. I believe the ADP (where I get my payroll checks from) before I believe any of these articles about only 11,000 jots were lost in November.

    I would think the ADP knows better actually since they are the ones who cut the checks.

    December 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Obama: "water is wet"

    GOPers: "no it's not"

    "News" Media: "this requires some deep discussion...let's get some bobbleheads in here to give their take on it"

    get the picture?

    December 4, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. haren

    This looser should shut up.
    Play golf you you are not fit to be a leader.
    They will lose more seat in 2010, democrats will be in super majority.
    Obama has created history by getting elected and beating Clinton and John McCain and will create history by gaining seat in congress.

    December 4, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Gary

    We're in a bad recession, it's part of the business cycle. It is nobody's fault and no amount of government borrowing and spending will significantly change it. I would recommend that we keep cutting government spending and things will eventually turn around.

    December 4, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. George

    Boehner is a jerk. He wants job losses and America to fail for his parties sake, A sicko he is, Soeaking of jobs, Boehner has not done one day's work in Washington. All he does is pouts and whines.
    He wants smaller government so why doesn't he go home.

    December 4, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. dennis

    i guess the stimulus package is beginning to take hold. taking an economy that had completely crashed and bring it this far is an amazing job. The righties have had their bell rung now as at this pace we could soon be in the black about job creation. i guess Obama economics may work afterall,

    December 4, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Well, well, what do we have here. Looks like some good news, that's for sure.

    I admit, I'm a bit surprised overall. Is only at 10%, that is good news. Everybody should see that not as a sign of recovery because who know we we'll be in a couple months from now but improvement. If there's something to be optimistic about is this, definitely worth it. And good news for Dems overall, I'm still waiting for my check.

    But not bad, good job.

    December 4, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Mark

    Keep in mind Obama tried to fund acorn and give Hollywood tax breaks in the initial stimulus package.

    On that note what do you think it was supposed to really do?

    December 4, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Tiffany

    I don't remember Boehner asking two years ago, where are the Jobs?
    It's not like this just happen!

    December 4, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Daniel

    So things are improving and the Republicans are still mad? I hope they realize what this makes them look like to the majority of the country. Spoiled children.

    December 4, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Dale

    Republican spin is nauseating. This is the first small glimmer of hope for the end of the recession. So why spin it to be otherwise? Do Republicans WANT the public to be fearful about the economy? Isn't public fear a significant cause of recessions and isn't public confidence the cure? I think Republicans care more about tearing down Obama politically than whether the economy and America are doing well.

    "Government takeover"? How about "Taking care of people and stopping Big Insurance from taking advantage of the sick and dying"

    "National Energy Tax"? How about "Caring for the planet we live on because we don't have a spare planet handy."

    December 4, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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