September 3rd, 2010
09:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Quick GOP reaction to jobs report

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" House Minority Whip Eric Cantor pounced on Friday’s jobs report."]Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives wasted no time in responding to the monthly jobs report.

"Today's jobs report is a clear demonstration that the American economy still has a long way to go," said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Minority Whip.

Cantor's statement was released less than eight minutes after the Labor Department reported that the country's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent in August to 9.6 percent. According to the report, the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month, partially due to a decline in census jobs. But private sector employment was up 67,000 jobs.

"The policies being pursued by the White House and Democrat leaders in Washington continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity, innovation and job creation," added Cantor.

A few minutes later Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put out a statement saying "with 54,000 more Americans finding themselves out of work this month and unemployment rising to 9.6 percent, President Obama's 'Recovery Summer' has ended right where it began, with Americans continuing to lose their jobs and unable to find new ones."

President Obama is expected to comment on the jobs numbers at 10am ET. The Democratic National Committee is touting the fact that private sector jobs have increased for eight straight months.

Filed under: Economy • Eric Cantor • issues • Michael Steele • Republicans
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Grandma Jo

    What a sad moment in time when a little bit of good news on the jobs report is turnred into a negative tone by the Republicans. Eric Cantor I hope you have a silent time with the big guy up above and aske forgiveness tonight for being so negative – no don't wait until tonight do it now!

    September 3, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. HypocriCNNation!

    Now What You Didn't Here From The GOP (The Grandstanding Obstructionist Party) Today Is Their Proposals To Create The New Jobs That They Claim The White House Or Democrats Are Not (The Short Answer They'll Give You Is Extent The Expiring Bush Tax Cuts!)! So Basically What You Get From The GOP Is An Offer To A Dinner That Has No Meat!

    September 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Ah, the "Young Guns" respond. Pretty quick on the draw, huh? So glad they're so quick to criticize when it's because of their 8 year siesta, we're in the shape we're in. Someone needs to ride these hombres out of town by sunset!!

    September 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Other than tax cuts, what does Eric Cantor propose to do? Tax cuts on the most wealthy don't do much when it is borrowed money. I don't see weathy people and companies doing something here in the US that requires them to hire new people. If there was something that could do that, then I'd be for it. There is nothing that can do that.

    September 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. anthony

    Before the census Republicans derided the census jobs as temporary government jobs. Now the census is over Republicans attacked Obama for the loss of these jobs. They ignored the part of the job report saying that there was a gain of private sector jobs. At least Republicans are being consistent. They have no good things to say about Democrats' policies, and nothing to say at all about their own plan if they re-take Congress. What is the Republican plan to promote productivity, innovation and job creation? Is it their proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts? The Bush tax cuts are still in effect, won't expire until next year, and how many jobs are they creating?

    September 3, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Sally

    Actually, Mr. Cantor, the fear and uncertainty is coming mainly from the right. That's how you matter that 67,000 jobs were created last month, you focus on the census jobs that ended, and the tiny tick in the unemployment numbers. Spin it however you best think it will get you votes, but many Americans are no longer listening to your dire predictions and your rants against the President. We are on the road back, and you can't stop progress.

    September 3, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Sniffit

    waaa waaa waaa...our Bush economy hasn't been fixed yet

    What the GOP and CNN is NOT saying is that when a recession ends (as is the case now that we've had consecutive quarters of GDP growth) it tends to take two more quarters for the job growth to return, perhaps a third after a severely long recession such as this one started early in Bushies term.

    All economic signs are pointing up so it's not surprising that the GOPpers are trying to get in one last whine.

    September 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Shucks

    Yes, more tax cuts for the rich. That has had such a wonderful impact on the economy since Bushie started it years ago. Those trickle down economics only trickle down so far. They do not trickle down below the upper classes and anyone with half a brain knows it. Wall street also loves tax cuts for the rich, as they reward every politician who preaches this nonsense.

    September 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Sgt Joe

    Nice try. Slam the jobs report and block jobs bils. The GOP is truly not for middle America. Sole agenda: let America fail so we can blame Obama. Sorriest thing is people are buying into this crap and want to vote them back in power to repeat a scenario we only hoped was in the past. We'll get what we deserve in Nov. if Dems try to place "nice." A vote for GOP is a huge step in the wrong direction.

    September 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Cantor is the geek in high school that got his butt whipped every day and went home crying...

    September 3, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Steph

    What does Eric Cantor and his pals have against growth in the private sector? The major job losses were from public sector know big goverment jobs they complained about during the census. The private sector added jobs, but the facts don't seem to matter to these jerks.

    September 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. katiec

    The republicans have blocked everything that could improve our economy as they do not want anything good to happen to our country until after the election, if then.
    To sacrifice us and our country for their win at any cost is about as low as politicians can get. How any intelligent voter support a party that brought our country to it's knees, refuses all responsibility and tries to continue on with their destruction is beyond me.

    September 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. C Spurgeon

    Pigs like this make it so obvious that professional politicians are only interested in furthering their own ambitions instead of trying to help their country. Term Limits. lets get it on a national election vote.

    September 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. FatSean

    If you are job-less and support these GOP jerks, I hope you never get a job 😀

    September 3, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. lforlegend

    One question, what is he trying to do to help the situation? Being critical doesn't help those who are out of work.

    September 3, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. jer

    what a joke... no mention of the fact that there was Job CREATION in the private sector for the eighth straight month.. no mentoin that the job losses was in the public sector, something the conservatives should be happy about since it means less government, and if there is "uncertainty" its mostly due to the conservative leadership bashing everthing and anything killing consumer confidence.. maybe if they would LEAD and atleast say that there are signs of improvement they would be more reputable.. oh wait, but that wont get them elected

    September 3, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Kianasmum

    Only the GOP would see the rise in Public Sector jobs for the 8th straight month as a bad thing. Anyone with a brain can see that a number of the jobs lost were only temporary in the first place – census positions which I'm sure people were happy to have until something more permanent came up.

    I'm not an American and can't help but roll my eyes whenever I read people believing all the fear and propaganda being spread just for the sake of political office. Anyone will half a brain can clearly see that things are not as bad as the GOP wants people to believe.

    All my best wishes to my friends and family south of the border – If the GOP wins back seats in November, the rest of the world will see the last couple of years as 1 step forward and 2 steps back for the United States.

    September 3, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. Dean

    Yea boy, jobs are getting better. The unemployment rate only rose a tenth of a point last month. I guess when you lose ll the jobs there are that the rate will have to slow somewhat.
    Wonder why Obama does not report on the real unemployment rate which is about 15% or more.

    September 3, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Sarah McCarthy

    Hes more of a strap than a whip,hahaha

    September 3, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Len Smith

    When will this man go up and be a congressman and help the country instead of being so anti-American?

    September 3, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. lady c

    micheal steele you are so stupid. you will be without a job soon. They used you and you failed at that. when will you face the facts that the the presiddnt is the true christen . Gleanda Beck , Shara fake is satan. wake up you foolish man.before they take you to hell with them.I"m praying for you my Brother.

    September 3, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Sniffit

    The quickest reactions the GOP have had in reference to the economy have been their hyper-critical reactions to the job reports. Tells you something, don't it?

    That 67K growth in the private sector has them scrambling like someone tossed a brick at a beehive. The GOP's "hive mind" is spinning....again.

    September 3, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. get real

    That's funny because the stock market seems to like the information. Apparently, that just another socialistic institution.

    September 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. False and Biased brought to you by the GOP

    Thanks GOP for bringing us this economic mess and thanks GOP for voting NO on any efforts to help (no to funds to save the jobs of teachers and police officers, no to funds to help small businesses get needed credit, no to unemployment extensions for those desperately trying to find jobs) and thanks for criticizing the stimulus while gladly accepting its money for your states. Thanks for trying to regurgitate your already failed ideas of tax cuts as a solution for everything and further deregulation. I will be thanking you further by voting a straight Democratic ticket in November. The Democrats have not been able to turn around your economic mess as fast as our instant gratification society demands (no one would be able to do that without significantly larger spending), but they are on the right track. The GOP still wants to give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% of Americans as their "plan." No thanks.

    September 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Kathy

    There were 8.4 million jobs lost in 2008 and 2009 - roughly 7% of all jobs at the start of the recession. That occured when the GOP was in charge of the White House AND Senate. The unemployment rate hit a high-water mark of 10.1% in October 2009 and has since fallen to 9.5%. Payrolls began growing in November and, excluding the impact of temporary census jobs, the economy has added jobs every month since January. That's a much quicker peak than previous job market recoveries.

    September 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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