April 2nd, 2010
10:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Kaine says jobs report shows economic recovery is working

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the latest jobs report is evidence President Obama's economic recovery plan is working:

"We've come a long way over the past year. When President Obama took office, the economy was shedding jobs at an alarming rate – nearly 800,000 a month – and the economy was in a free fall. Starting almost immediately after inauguration, President Obama and Democrats in Congress began to turn that around, implementing an ambitious agenda to get our economy back on track and get people working again," Kaine said in a statement.

Full statement after the jump:

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine On March Jobs Report:

President Obama's Economic Policies Are Working

"This morning's jobs report shows that President Obama's unrelenting focus on economic recovery is working. In the last three months, more than 200,000 Americans have returned to the workplace, bringing new relief to families across the country.
"We've come a long way over the past year. When President Obama took office, the economy was shedding jobs at an alarming rate – nearly 800,000 a month – and the economy was in a free fall. Starting almost immediately after inaguration, President Obama and Democrats in Congress began to turn that around, implementing an ambitious agenda to get our economy back on track and get people working again. Through the Economic Recovery Act, infrastructure investments, support for small businesses, and incentives for employers that take on new workers, we've been able to go from massive job losses under the prior Administration to the job gains we have seen in the first quarter of 2010. Our economy has gone from contracting at an alarming rate to growing again, We are starting to see signs of relief. Unfortunately, Democrats have had to do this heavy lifting with next to no cooperation from the Republican Party-all because of a plan of obstruction and political gamesmanship Republican leaders concocted when the economy was at its lowest point since the Great Depression. That was, of course, the very time when when they should have been focused on helping the President turn the economy around to help the American people get back on their feet. The Republicans' failure to work with us on these important issues was politics at its worst.
"Even with these encouraging job numbers, we know that our work is far from over. Too many Americans are still looking for work – and until everyone who wants a job has one, we cannot rest President Obama and his Democratic allies are committed to rebuilding our economy for the short and long term, and are working hard every day to implement policies that will create jobs and a secure future for middle class Americans. Republicans have another opportunity to set aside their differences and find common ground on the issues facing America's families. It's time for them to stop cheering for failure, playing political games and start working with us to find solutions to our nation's problems. It's what the American people want, and it's what they deserve"


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  1. lila

    Well... that's a first for job growth in a far too long a time. We have been losing jobs for years. Lets hope the plus in job growth keeps the upward pace. 🙂

    April 2, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Dan Coleman

    Kaine, stop the brainwashing. We all know you people have spent so much money the US cannot possibly sustain ourselves either privately or as a nation. You have ruined the US. Stop with the brainwashing, and state how you are going to fix the huge deficits facing our country for a generation thanks to the likes of you and Obama.

    April 2, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Things are beginning to pick up. I'm an independent contractor and have been contacted recently about possible positions (I'm currently employed, so I passed along the names of some other qualified candidates). The recruiter I spoke to said he's been getting more requests lately and that businesses are beginning to take on more workers. We still have a long way to go, but things are getting better.

    The recruiter and I both agreed that regardless of political philosophy (specifically, whether you support the President or you're one of those who want him and our country to fail), people want to be gainfully employed, bringing home a paycheck and paying their bills.

    Thank you, Mr. President, and all who are doing their best to help our country get back on track!

    April 2, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Lost in Texas Forever

    sorry but that's NOT what the GOP says. Ever notice that even when you hear a small bit of good news on the economy how quick the GOP is to pounce on it and tell you "NO it's NOT true"? They just need to keep that negativity going, keep folks angry because most riled up folks don't think rationally and that is all the Republicans can hope for. But the numbers normally don't lie and I for one am glad to hear some good news after all this tailspin we've been in.

    April 2, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. jbakaregit

    Thank you for your statement Chairmen Kaine.

    Obama and the Dems are doing the best they can, while dealing with mutliple crises (i.e. broken education system, 2 wars, a totally insane opposition, etc.).

    April 2, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    OMG ! Now the POOR Republicans will have to find something else to whine about. They could always complain that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Discrimination !!!

    April 2, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Sue

    Okay, let me put this into perspective, so that you can see how unimportant this is..............

    An economist said 2 months ago................In order for the unemployment rate to get back down to 8 percent---250,000 jobs PER MONTH--–will need to be created over the next 5 YEARS.

    The Democrats are going to get clobbered in November.

    April 2, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Grundoon

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes, we will! Continue to repair our country after the devestation of the Bush Administration and the repulican congress' lack of doing ANYTHING proactive while they had the power to do so.

    Obama 2012!!! Woohoo!! You are the man!!!

    April 2, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Rob Johnson

    I think some people have forgotten just how dire and serious the economic situation was when Obama took office. We were hearing about a "new Great Depression" and a "total collapse of the economy," neither of which have happened.

    The stock market is a full 70% higher than when Obama was sworn in, and even if unemployment and other economic indicators aren't where they should be, at least they have stabilized and seem to be gradually improving.

    History will show that Obama and his team helped bring this country back from the brink of an economic catastrophe, one brought on by the foolish policies of Bush and the Republican Party.

    April 2, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. get real

    The numbers out today show that in March we created the most jobs in three years. Now, I'm not blaming anyone....but who was president three years ago?

    April 2, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. EuphioTGank

    this years census hired twice as many workers as they needed and are having them work half the hours over a longer period of time to help the employment numbers look better then they are.

    April 2, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. David

    Let's not forget the inflated number because of the temporary census workers.

    April 2, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Fed Up

    The report shows nothing more than 162,000 workers were hired, TEMPORARILY, for the census. Will they report the increase in unemployment when those jobs are finished???

    April 2, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. AK Steve

    Thank you Dems. I don't think you get enough credit. All this whining form the right about EVERYTHING has taken the headlines away from all the REAL progress that has been going on (in SPITE of the the GOP obstructionist practices.)

    Thanks for improving the economy, thanks for improving Afghanistan, thanks for improving our foreign relations, thanks for the nuclear arms reduction, thanks for health care, thanks for your level headed foreign policy, thanks for the stimulus (which is getting people jobs and improving our infrastructure, etc.

    GOP, thanks for NOTHING. Because NOTHING is what you have done.

    Next up – stick it wall street. Those greedy/corrupt people need regulating!

    April 2, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Clint, Wa.

    Shhhhh, quiet, don't let the Republicans hear this.

    April 2, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Alisa Diez

    The numbers don't lie. Is anyone saying, "things are great!" No. The President said from the beginning that we had a lot of work to do and that patience would be required. Slow and steady wins the race and we are slowly recovering. We should all have every reason to feel hopeful.

    April 2, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Bedtime for Obonzo

    "Ambitious agenda..." You got that right. So what do the job numbers look like after you subtract the 3 million temporary workers hired for the 2010 Census?

    April 2, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Independent

    Well said, Chairman Kaine. The economic recovery is fortunately heading in the right direction, and if party-first politicians would try putting aside obstructive nonsense and work together for a change, our country can can continue the positive improvements.

    April 2, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Barack reads his lies, unions thrive, government and debt grows, and the economy and our individual freedom under attack by the radical left

    I’ve noticed that the Obama’s administration perspective (propaganda) on employment figures that many prior administrations would have considered atrocious, particularly in the private sector is to always go to their favorite talking point of how bad it was when they took office and the jobs showed we were losing 700k jobs a month. They want us to focus on the lowest standards in assessing how they are doing. They prefer we compare their efforts to the worst standard not the best standard.

    I would love it if someone shortly after they say this, ask them to compare it to one of the months of great job growth during the Reagan or Bush administration.

    America, has always been a country with the highest standards, till this administration and their propaganda machine instead always wants us to compares themselves to the lowest standards. Yea I guess an F+ is better than an F, but I prefer an A+ compared to an A.

    April 2, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Palin Power

    We will have true economy recovery when Sarah Palin becomes President and implements Palinomics!

    April 2, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Indy

    Kaine should tell Steele to quit watching Fox for his research. Steele is calling Obama for saying the economy is fixed and of course that is not what Obama or Kaine said, they said we have come a long way but in typical Republican style they know nothing but how to lie.

    April 2, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's ashame that Bush and his administration never let the country know we were in an economic failure because things like this just don't happen overnight. Bush blindsighted Americans for 8 years and was never questioned.

    April 2, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Jai-ho

    Also include in Kains report....The hole in the ozone layer is begining to heal itself, Muslim extremists want to hug us instead of blowing us up, cats and dogs are cuddling together, and our congress has never been less divided....(this report was written on April Fools day by the way)!

    April 2, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. The Voice

    It is clear things are starting to turn around slowly, many have been impatient and blaming our current government for the disaster of the Republicans and Bush.

    We are still on track but it will take time!!

    April 2, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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