White House on job numbers: 'There is more work to be done'
April 6th, 2012
10:22 AM ET
10 years ago

White House on job numbers: 'There is more work to be done'

(CNN) - Following up on the sluggish job numbers released Friday, the White House maintained the economy is still undergoing growth.

"There is more work to be done, but today's employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression," said Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March job report earlier in the morning, showing what some analysts describe as anemic numbers with only 120,000 jobs created last month and a minor dip in the unemployment rate to 8.2%.

Leading Republicans have already pounced on the new numbers, using them to shine a light on what many of them call the president's "failed economic policies."

While the White House pointed to still-struggling industries, such as the construction the housing markets, Krueger in his statement touted progress in the manufacturing sector. He said the economy has added private sector jobs for 25 straight months, "for a total of 4.1 million jobs over that period."

Repeating its often-used line, the White House cautioned against relying too heavily on the latest numbers as an indicator or the economy's strength, saying the monthly figures can be "volatile" and estimates are subject to revision.

"Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report, and it is helpful to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available," Krueger said.

Also see:

Romney promises to win Pennsylvania in November

Santorum, Perry privately met in Texas

Obama team hits Romney over financial disclosures

Santorum's daughter, 'Bella,' hospitalized again

Filed under: Jobs • unemployment • White House
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. king

    Hey, if the repubs stop holding up the president jobs bill, stop firing government worker, and stop trying to kill health care; which is the only entity that is hiring and booming. Lesson folks this is not Reagan and Clinton era. New technologies are taking up massive amount of human labor. I am really surprise we are still hiring folks, month after month, when robots, computer systems and foreign labor are being substituted for American workers. Good job Obama.

    April 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. diridi

    This President is a God Gift to America. Truth.
    PS: I am not biased, nor am I black.

    April 6, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "The economy has created more than 4 million private sector jobs over the last 2 years." Pres. Barack Obama, 4/6/12
    That's more jobs than Bush created over 8 years.

    April 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    "There is more work to be done..." said Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in a statement.
    Yes, and fortunately it is 2012 and the American Voters get to complete the work they started in 2010. We need to go forward, not backward to the mistakes of 2009 and 2010.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 6, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Sure as hell beats losing 700,000 per month (like the last guy in that job).

    April 6, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. lili

    hey we are going in the right direction. Unemployment dropped a small emount. Retail sales are up Auto industry doing great. Better to move forward than backward with the repo clowns. They complaine about the president but I see them doing nothing to stimulate the economy.

    April 6, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. RealityBites

    A never ending job for a failed community leader...

    April 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    At this rate the country will have record umemployment for record time with a light at the end of the tunnel in 2020! This country has NEVER taken this long to come out of a recession. The difference is Obama and his failed policies. In looking at the quarterly GDP figures, the country was already starting to come out of the recession before Obama took office and yet he blew a trillion dollars of borrowed money on propping up local and state union workers. There is no question that Obama's policies have damaged the recovery. The onerous Obamacare costs, massive government over spending and borrowing create a very bad environment for business and that doesn't include the constant demonizations and attacks on business.

    April 6, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. rightytighty

    Remeber when Obama gave his joval acceptance speech.., between those Greek columns. How ironic...

    April 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. NVa Native

    There is more work to be done ~ to defeat the job killing anti-American GOP ploicies.

    April 6, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Congratulations to the Obama adminstration for yet again, lowering the unemployment rate byt driving people OUT of the workforce. After searching for years people are just giving up in droves. THAT is what the "Obama Recovery" is. Hopelessness NOT Hope! But true CHANGE is coming in November, 2012 when Romney wins. Hang in there and vote wiselly. Don't vote for anymore hopelessness, vote for competence and experience, vote Romney.

    April 6, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. joi Gibson

    25 straight months of jobs being added in the private sector. Anyway you look at it, that is good news. Practical people know this recovery will have its ups and downs; coming out of a recession such as the one we are coming out of will take more than 4 year, it might take more than 8 years. But we must continue to move forward, remain steadfast and we will make it through – slowly but surely. I have confidence in President Obama.

    Why is it when the jobs report is good, it has nothing to do with President Obama, but when the jobs report is sluggish, well then it is all his fault. Do these people even care what comes out of their mouths? Just as long as they criticize the President, they could care less about their hypocrisy.


    April 6, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Bugs

    The White House doesn't understand the term Work. Work to them is reaching for our wallets.
    Time for BO to be put out of work.

    April 6, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. royboy

    I find it disturbing that Republicans cheer over bad news. Instead of praying for the country to fail so you can take over create some solutions other than criticisms!

    April 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |