Quick GOP reactions to the jobs numbers
July 8th, 2011
09:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Quick GOP reactions to the jobs numbers

Washington (CNN) - Just five minutes after the release of the nation's June unemployment report, House Speaker John Boehner released a statement saying "the American people are still asking the question, where are the jobs?"

At 8:30 a.m. ET, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate edged up to 9.2 percent in June, from 9.1 percent in May. Economists had predicted the rate would improve to 9 percent.

The government also reported the economy gained just 18,000 jobs last month, way below expectations and lower than the weak 25,000 jobs created in May.

Moments after the release of the report, Boehner led an avalanche of Republican responses, saying "today's report is more evidence that the misguided 'stimulus' spending binge, excessive regulations, and an overwhelming national debt continue to hold back private-sector job creation in our country."

The president is expected to react to the jobs report later Friday morning. While Obama's overall approval rating in most national polls stands in the mid-to-upper 40s, his numbers on the economy and jobs range between the upper 30s and 40 percent.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was the first GOP presidential candidate to respond to the report.

"Today's unemployment report is another stark reminder of the failure of President Obama's economic policies," Bachmann said in a statement. "The President promised if we passed the massive stimulus package that unemployment wouldn't go above 8 percent, we are now at 9.2 percent."

Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • unemployment
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    So long as the American economy is under the threat of bankruptcy brought on by insane over-spending, so long as American businesses are over-taxed, over-regulated, under threat of even greater taxes and regulation, so long Obamacare keeps driving the costs of employee benefits up, few jobs will be created.

    July 8, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. just a thought

    I don't understand why everybody is asking the question: "Where are are the jobs?" I know where the jobs are.

    July 8, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Whoosh

    This too will change. I must warn you republicans, the economy will not be the issue in the 2012 election so don't put all of your polictical eggs in one basket.

    July 8, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Political Theatre

    Never have I seen so many root for others demise...and through this process ultimately their own self interests. Is this what America has become?

    July 8, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Quick GOP reactions to the jobs numbers"

    Pre-scripted GOP reactions to the jobs numbers.


    If you think businesses are going to hire while the GOP hangs the debt ceiling over the economy like the Sword of Damocles, then you need your head examined. They've done it on purpose because they want the numbers as bad as possible and YOU suffering as much as possible for November 2012. They spent the entirety of 2009 and 2010 yelling and screaming and tearing their hair out that "Obama and the Dems have done nothing to fix the economy or create jobs," despite all the legislation the Dems and Obama proposed that the GOP blocked and the little that did get past their filibusters, etc. Yet what has the GOP done to initiate job-oriented, economy fixing legislation since January 2011 when they took the House after running on JOBS JOBS JOBS? NOTHING...not a single proposed piece of legislation geared towards creating jobs or stabilizing the economy...and, in fact, a whole load of crap that has obvious de-stabilizing and confidence/certainty ruining effects on the economy...and yet they STILL are claiming that it's all because Obama and the Dems haven't done enough or even anything to fix the economy and jobs situation. Nonsense. These guys are out to destroy Obama and that's IT...and if YOU happen to be collateral damage, then SO BE IT.

    July 8, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave.

    Instead of yammering on about small business being the engine of job growth, I`d like to see some data.

    I`ll bet that if you look at the duration / life cycle of jobs at "small business" you`d find a lot of "creation" as entrprenuers start but also a fair amount of "job destruction" as small businesses fail. The overall effect is very little gain – very little benefit yo the country.

    It would not be at all unlike the Republican Politicians to use half of the story to svengali "low-intelligence" Congressmen into blindly supporting tax cuts for "job-creators" as a means to lower revenues from the more affluent.

    I doubt if anyone on the right has the intellectual honesty to look at the instability of jobs from "small business" and call a spade a spade.

    News flash Republican politicians – not all business plans are strong – not all business owners are good at it. They fail and it has nothing to do with taxes.

    July 8, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. deandake

    Yeah, Boehner, where is all the legislation you and yours were going to pass right away to help with job creation?

    July 8, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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